In pets as in people, pain has been shown to delay healing, decrease appetite and decrease prognosis. Pain management is critical at the MVMC as an integral part of the veterinary oath of relief of animal suffering. Pain management is critical in maximizing prognosis and recovery.
The MVMC is committed to individual patient pain management protocols and sensitive monitoring to minimize and eliminate pain. We use a multi-modality approach to attack pain on different levels to achieve the best possible pain control. Multimodal pain management means the combination of two or more synergistic medications working together to all alleviate pain in our patients. At the MVMC pain medications are administered prior to, during and after surgical procedures as well as other procedures such as joint taps, and biopsies evaluation. Pain management becomes particularly important after surgeries. When recovering from invasive procedures, animals may not only be vulnerable to pain, but also weak and disoriented. The medical team at the MVMC are experts in recognizing, and treating all pain levels even subtle stress such as guarding affected areas, slight depression or a missing tail wag or purr
Multimodal Pain Management
There are a number of different classes of drugs to aid in multimodal pain therapy. These classes include nerve blocks of alpha-2 antagonists drugs, opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and gas anesthesia. Aside from pill form, many drugs come in easily administered forms such as injectables, liquids, skin patches or gels.
Analgesic (pain reducing) drugs can help to treat acute pain which can come on suddenly as a result of an injury, surgery or an infection. Analgesic drugs can also help to treat chronic pain which is long lasting and usually slow to develop. Common sources of chronic pain are age-related disorders such as arthritis or illnesses such as cancer, bone disease or ligament injuries.
Since pets metabolize drugs differently than humans, advances in veterinary medicine have provide medication that has been researched and approved specifically for them. In addition to pharmaceutical treatment complimentary (or alternative) options such as acupuncture, homeopathy and holistic medicine are becoming more available and practiced on animals.
With modern advances in pain medication and treatment, pets no longer have to suffer needless pain. Our staff are genuinely dedicated to pet's emotional, social and pain perception when they are away from their owners, their homes and in a strange environment. At the MVMC we understand this in the context of pain and how it impact's your pet's as well as an owner's well being. We take great care in comforting pets and being sensitive to medical as well as individual needs.