We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma or chronic pain conditions.
For example, some cats are presented for a declawing procedure. We use multiple medications to ensure the comfort of the patient during their surgery and recovery/healing period. The most current general anaesthetics are used during the procedure, combined with local anaesthesia around their paws, a Fentanyl dermal patch to provide continuous narcotic pain relief for 72 hours, injectable narcotic and anti-inflammatory pain relief, along with oral anti-inflammatory pain relief to take at home while healing from their surgery.
Many of our senior cats and dogs suffer from arthritis (degenerative joint disease) that causes regular discomfort and limits their activity. Depending on the severity of the disease and underlying health concerns, there are multiple medications that we can choose from, or give in combination, to provide relief from pain and return them to their previous energetic self. These medications include; Cartrophen, Rimadyl, Metacam, ketoprofen, codeine, gabapentin, tramadol.
We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.