Friendship Springs Veterinary Care serving Flowery Branch, Braselton, and Buford since 2006.
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Post Operative Analgesia
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Why Do It?
The need for pain management after surgery cannot be overstated. Our pets can't tell us in ways that we can easily understand that they have mild to moderate pain. We look for obvious signs like vocalizing, guarding painful areas, and lameness, but unfortunately these are all signs of moderate to severe pain. The signs of mild to moderate pain, that we would want treated for ourselves, often get missed because of their subtlety and often fail to get treated. Signs of mild pain can include just sleeping more, being "cranky" with the family, not eating quite as well as usual, and so on; nothing outstanding, just not quite right. The easiest way for us to decide if our pet is pain is to try to stand in their paws and think, "if that surgery had happened to me, would I expect to be painful?" If we still aren't sure, then a simple rule is this. It is better to treat pain that doesn't exist, than to miss pain that does exist.
While in the hospital we us something called multimodal analgesia which is the concept of using multiple medications at lower doses which improves tremendously their effectiveness and reduces tremendously their adverse effects. One of the drug classes we use are the so-called NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These are the medications we will send home with you in most cases. For safety reasons we do not start these medications until after surgery, but we do start them as soon after surgery as possible while the other medications are still effective but wearing off. We will often give a dose in the hospital; the nurses will let you know when to give the first at-home dose. USE MEDICATIONS UNTIL THEY ARE GONE! EVEN IF YOUR PET DOESN'T "ACT PAINFUL!" Remember, he can't tell you about mild pain, so it is just safer to assume the pain is there.
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