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Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital is proud to be on the "cutting edge" in pain control for animals. Each staff member, including receptionists, assistants and housekeeping is trained to assess for pain in your animals.
For a long time, it was thought that pets didn't experience pain the way that people do, or that dogs and cats have a "higher tolerance" for pain. It was also thought that dogs and cats should not be treated for pain after surgery, because then they would be "too active" and would not heal properly.
Research has shown that the above statements are utter hogwash! Pets experience pain, certainly to the extent that humans do, however they have a different way of showing it. For example, your pet dog may not come up to you and whimper to tell you he is in pain, he may just rest more, because it is uncomfortable for him to more. Or, your pet may be more active when he is painful, because he cannot seem to get comfortable. At our hospital, we are very careful to monitor for signs of pain and your pet will be assessed regularly before, during and after surgery to be sure that we are keeping him comfortable.
Dr. Johnson has extensive post-graduate training in Pain Management, Anesthesia and Chronic Pain Control. She lectures for Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Animal Health in Anesthesia and Pain Management, where she travels to speak to other veterinarians and nurses about best options for pain control. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Managment. Every doctor and nurse at Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital follows a strict protocol to assess and treat pain in your pet. Various modalities are used regularly, including antiinflammatories, narcotics, anxiolytics, alpha-2 antagonists, Continuous Rate Infusions, ice, Class-IV Laser therapy, massage and local and regional blocks. You can be assured your pet will receive the pain control that best controls the issue.
Every patient will go home with some type of pain medication, depending on the procedure and the amount of pain in that individual patient. Remember, pain control will help your pet heal faster, so it is very important to give the medications, AS DIRECTED, at the dose and for the duration prescribed for your pet. Do not skimp on pain control, as your pet will likely suffer complications if the pain is not controlled. If you think your pet is still in pain, please do not hesitate to call and the doctor will add a secondary pain medication.
Remember, pain is better to prevent than treat once it starts. Your pet deserves and needs pain control to heal and feel good. If you have concerns about chronic pain in your pet, please do not hesitate to call and we can address long-term pain control to help your pet.