What about pain?
We are very attentive to our patient's comfort level.
Good pain control decreases the amount of anesthetic required to keep the patient "asleep" for a surgical procedure.
Various methods of surgical and medical analgesia = pain control are used (daily) in our hospital. These different approaches are summarized as follows:
Pre-anesthetic medications: Before the patient goes under general anesthesia, a sedation is given that also includes some pain control medication. If pain control is dealt with before it's really needed, the patient experiences less discomfort to begin with and will require less pain medication overall.
Local anesthesia: This is when lidocaine or bupivicaine is instilled locally around a nerve that influences the site of the procedure or surgery. A good example of this is when we use dental nerve blocks during a tooth extraction in veterinary dentistry.
Intra-operative pain medications: Often medications are given intravenously just prior or during a procedure to add pain control to our anesthetic protocol.
Post-operative analgesics: These medications include injectable drugs given in the clinic after the procedure, as well as meds that go home with the pet for a few days after a procedure.
Medical short-term & long-term analgesics: These medications are often anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the discomfort of a temporary injury or alleviate the inflammation of ongoing arthritis. Sometimes other types of prescription pain relievers are also added or used on their own.