Managing your pet’s pain is one of our highest priorities. The theory that pets don’t feel pain or “need” the discomfort to keep them quiet is universally accepted as outdated and incorrect. It has been shown that pain impairs healing and is considered inhumane.
At River Heights, we have many strategies for controlling pain. We strive to provide multimodal analgesia (pain relief) for all pets undergoing a surgical procedure, recovering from an illness/injury or suffering with a chronic illness (osteoarthritis or pancreatitis). Multimodal is a principle in which 2 or more drug classes are used together, resulting in an additive effect when co-administered many times reducing the doses of each drug improving patient safety. These can include oral medications, injections, constant infusions, nerve blocks, and regional analgesia.
Many of these methods are included in the cost for routine surgical procedures. All of these methods are considered for every case, every time. Although these methods are, generally, very safe and very beneficial to our patients, some of these medications do carry risks for some patients. Your veterinarian will weigh these risks when indicated and discuss them with you.
Many older dogs suffer from osteoarthritis. Safe and effective pain medications can make these dogs comfortable and help live longer, happier lives with your family.