Pain Control for Surgical Cases

Pain control for surgery
Controlling your pet’s pain at the time of surgery is important to ensure great surgical outcomes. Some surgeries, like simple bump removals may require only a mild sedative and a local anesthetic injection to properly control pain. Major surgeries like a spleen removal or knee surgery will require many drugs to properly control pain. All surgeries and patients are different and our veterinarians will guide you and your pet through this complicated process. At Kirkwood Animal Hospital we treat all surgical patients with a mild pre-operative pain killer. This first injection of pain killer helps to sedate your dog, reduces anxiety and prevents “pain windup.” Pain windup happens when the patient’s nerve fibers are constantly bombarded with painful stimuli increasing the overall perception of pain. By blocking mildly painful stimuli early on we stop windup which results in a better experience for your pet. Inflammation is also a major component of the pain cycle. At Kirkwood Animal Hospital we also always use an anti-inflammatory drug prior to beginning surgery to prevent inflammation. During the surgical procedure your veterinarian may elect to give a potent pain killer to your pet, Simbadol. Simbadol lasts 6-8 hours in dogs and longer in cats. Additional injections of Simbadol may also be used to control pain that persists for longer than 8 hours. When your pet goes home after surgery your veterinarian may elect to send your pet with a prescription for an oral pain killing medication. Tramadol and Acetaminophen with codeine are the most commonly prescribed drugs for this use. The prescriptions for these medications will have to be filled at your local pharmacy.

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