Post-Operative Pain Management:
Will my pet be uncomfortable after surgery?
As with people there will be some pain after surgery. Your pet displays pain in one or more of the following ways: vocalizing, arching their back, restlessness, panting and/or hiding.
As an AAHA accredited hospital we must meet hundreds of standards of care and pain prevention is a very important part of those standards that we continuously strive to improve.
To minimize your pet's post-operative pain we utilize multi-modal pain control. This means that we treat pain via multiple pathways through the use of different classes of drugs (NSAIDs vs Analgesics).
In almost all cases we start the pain control before surgery in the form of a NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) injection - this helps to reduce discomfort when your pet wakes up after the procedure.
We then tailor our pain protocol to suit the needs of the patient based on the patient's species (Cat vs Dog) and the type of procedure they have had (ovariohysterectomy vs neuter vs dentistry, etc). More extensive procedures such as a canine ovariohysterectomy (spay) require more forms of pain control compared to a cat neuter.
As part of our discharge appointments we will send home a detailed report of how your pet did that day and the precautions you can take at home to further minimize your pet's pain. This report also includes detailed instructions regarding the pain medications your pet is being sent home with.
Can I give human pain medication to my pet if they are uncomfortable?
The short answer is no. Most human grade pain medications can make our pets sick and in some cases they may prove to be fatal. If you are concerned that your pet is uncomfortable after surgery please do not hesitate to call us to discuss possible options.