Addressing Pet Pain: Safe Anesthesia & Effective Pain Meds
Pet pain exists in a wide variety of circumstances, but our goal is to effectively manage or completely eliminate the pain experience for our patients. From surgical anesthesia to managing pain from injuries and illness, Perinton Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to the comfort and safety of your cherished dogs and cats.
Pets Hide Their Pain
Animals instinctively hide their pain, thereby masking symptoms of a health problem. Our veterinarians and staff are experienced in detecting pet pain and diagnosing the source of the problem.
Some symptoms of pain in dogs and cats include:
- Loss of appetite
- Refusal to play or respond to commands
- Excessive licking or biting a body part
- Howling, whining, or vocalizing
Some behavioral changes indicate pain, such as growling or outright aggression. If your pet demonstrates any of these behavioral changes, or has experienced a recent trauma but has no visible injury, contact us immediately for an examination.
Preventing Pet Pain
Protecting your dogs and cats from unnecessary pain is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Regular, consistent wellness and preventive care is the first step to keeping pets free of pain by vaccinating against serious diseases, parasite management, and early detection of developing problems through laboratory testing and health exams.
- Diligent oral and dental care certainly reduces the risk of pain from broken teeth, infections, and gum disease.
- Proper nutrition, combined with an active lifestyle, decreases the risk of chronic pain from joint issues, obesity, and heart disease.
Preventing painful diseases and conditions in our pets is far superior to managing pain after the fact, in regard to both patient comfort and financial impact.
Safe Pain Control: During & After Surgery
There are many levels of anesthesia for pets, including local and spinal anesthesia. For most surgeries we use general anesthesia. For safety during anesthesia, patients are closely monitored by methods such as:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
- Human monitoring for patient evaluation
Pain management for all surgical procedures is tailored to each patient, based on anticipated level of need. Your pet may go home with oral medications or even a Fentanyl pain patch, to ensure comfort during recovery.
Pet Meds from Our Pharmacy
Our complete in-house pharmacy gives you the benefit of starting pet medications immediately, to eliminate pain and treat the source of discomfort. We stock a broad spectrum of veterinary pharmaceuticals, to relieve pain and assist in recovery from illness or surgery, as well as a number of prescription diets.
Our trained staff is available to give you instruction on appropriate administration techniques as well as daily recommended doses. Refill orders can be phoned in for quick and efficient pick-up. We also offer home delivery for online refills from Perinton’s website pharmacy.
On the Web
The Pet Health Center of WebMD offers this guide to pain medications for:
The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine offers this advice for treating pain in your dog.
AAHA offers these pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.
Protect your family members, pets, and other animals by disposing of unwanted medications properly.