Pain Management for Pets
The thought of your pet feeling any pain makes us uncomfortable too, which is why we use an array of medications with varying doses to keep your pet comfortable. We know it is best to block pain before it starts. This will include pre-medications and local anesthetics; injectable and pain-relievers that are inhaled as well as oral pain medications to go home when appropriate.
We care for your pet and just like in human hospitals your pet receives gas (inhalant) anesthesia…the same ones a human would get! These machines are tested and calibrated to insure they are working properly for the safety of your pet. We tailor your pets anesthesia and pain protocol on an individual basis. Your pet is unique and so should their anesthesia and pain management.
Also, just as when we sleep we have blankets. Your pet gets the same…every surgical patient gets a warming circulating water blanket.
We have a designated surgical suite (just as in human hospitals) where no one enters the room without a cap and mask for your pet’s protection. Just as when we sleep we have blankets. Your pet gets the same…every surgical patient gets a warming circulating water blanket. This helps to keep them from having a critically unsafe drop in body temperature during surgery and promotes faster healing and recovery.
Monitoring your pet while under anesthesia is extremely important which is why we rely on our licensed Veterinary Technicians AND electronic monitoring equipment to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and catheter fluid rates and electrocardiogram (ECG). This equipment is valuable, but not more so than your pet.