The Kryder & Harr Veterinary Clinic staff is adamant about pain relief and control, whether it’s a young cat recovering from surgery or an old dog that is suffering from arthritis. No animal should live in pain if we can avoid it.
As pain is stimulated through multiple pathways in the body, we believe in a multi-modal approach to pain control. Surgical patients receive both pre- and post-op pain medications to try to stay ahead of pain rather than chasing it.
After a thorough exam and assessment, an individual treatment plan is made for painful animals. The mainstay of pain control is prescription medications. Anti-inflammatories, either steroids or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), are often the starting point. Additional pain medications are used as needed to boost the level of pain control. For moderate to severe cases, multiple medications may be needed.
Please remember: Most over-the-counter pain medications for human consumption are toxic and potentially fatal to dogs and cats. Never give your pet human pain medication without speaking to a staff member.