Pain Management

Pet Pain Management

Pain MedicationYour pet’s comfort is very important to us and we take pet pain management seriously for all our patients. The correct approach to pet pain management varies according to your pet’s condition and treatment.

Every surgical patient receives narcotic pain medication prior to their procedure. Most receive an injection, but for more involved procedures we may use a narcotic patch applied 12 – 24 hours before the surgery. In addition we may administer local anesthetic blocks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory injections, or constant rate infusions (CRI) of other medications to further control pain. We also employ the use of a surgical laser. This provides significantly more pain relief than traditional scalpel surgery because it seals nerve endings allowing for increased comfort during healing. In addition, all patients go home with post surgical pain medication.

Anesthesia

We use only the safest anesthetic protocols for your pet including Isoflurane and Sevoflurane gas anesthesia – the same anesthetic agents used in human hospitals! Our anesthetic machines are carefully inspected and calibrated by certified anesthesia specialists on an annual basis to ensure they are working optimally. Likewise, we customize our anesthetic protocols for each individual patient taking into account such factor as age, breed sensitivities, and recent lab work.

During anesthetic and surgical procedures, your pet’s body temperature drops considerably without proper attention. At very least, this results in prolonged recovery from anesthesia along with the discomfort of shivering and being very cold. At worst, a low body temperature during anesthetics can be life-threatening! Standard heating blankets and water bottles just aren’t enough. At Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital, we use a sophisticated warming system to keep our patients warm, comfortable and safe!