Chronic & Surgical Pet Pain Relief for Dogs, Cats & Small Animals
At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, the safety and comfort of your pet is our primary concern. We use the latest advances in pain management including tailored injectable and oral medications, nerve blocks and local anesthetics, and alternative options such as laser therapy and physical therapy.
At our hospital, no pet is ever allowed to suffer needlessly.
Pet Pain Management in Surgery
For every surgical patient, a pain management plan is tailored to meet the pet’s specific needs before, during, and after surgery. Sedation and anesthesia are carefully chosen for safety and effectiveness. Monitoring is continuous, observing for symptoms of pain at every level.
This same level of care is applied to more common procedures such as spay and neuter surgery, as well as our dental patients. The comfort, safety, and wellbeing of the surgical patient are essential to treatment.
CRI: Constant Rate Infusion
One excellent option for post-surgical pain management is CRI, or constant rate infusion. CRI allows us to maintain a steady and stable concentration of pain relief medication by administering the drug at a constant rate. The advantages to this technique are many:
- CRI prevents the sudden peaks and valleys associated with IV or injectable medications.
- The rate of the infusion can be adjusted to meet the patient’s need.
- CRI results in less total amount of drug used compared with other methods.
- This technique offers a more rapid recovery from the drug effect.
While very efficient and effective, this pain management option requires constant supervision for the safety of the patient. We provide round-the-clock monitoring by clinical technicians for our CRI patients, every day of the year. This unique service offers the finest in pain management and patient care.
Nerve Blocks & Local Anesthetics
We use nerve blocks and local anesthetics to address pain in a variety cases. A nerve block interrupts how pain signals are sent to the brain by injecting a long-acting local anesthetic into a nerve or the spine.
Nerve blocks and local anesthesia may be used for several purposes:
- As an adjunct therapy with other pain relieving treatments
- For anesthesia during some smaller procedures
- For short-term pain relief after some surgeries and other procedures
We strive to alleviate pet pain as thoroughly and quickly as possible with the fewest side effects. Alternative therapies have gained popularity in managing both chronic and acute pain. Often, these alternatives are combined with traditional medications for optimum results.
Alternative therapies in use at our hospital include hydrotherapy, underwater treadmill, physical therapy, and laser therapy.
The therapeutic laser uses the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity to reduce inflammation. It provides a painless treatment for injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, dermatological problems, and pain.
Senior pets with chronic pain may benefit from underwater treadmill, hydrotherapy, and laser therapy treatments.