Providing relief from pain (analgesia) is an essential component of modern veterinary anesthetic practice. In addition to being an unpleasant sensory experience, pain is associated with wide-ranging, significant consequences such as impaired functioning of the immune system, cardiovascular stress, anxiety and fear.
Although not all procedures that require anesthesia are considered painful, as part of the comprehensive care provided by the Anesthesiology Service, we will assess your pet’s level of pain and provide appropriate treatments. These treatments may include drugs such as opiates (e.g., morphine), as well as local anesthetic procedures such as epidurals. Be assured that the anesthesiology team will work in conjunction with other services at the Veterinary Health Center to provide your pet high-quality care that includes pain relief.