Erina Heights Vet Hospital Services
Pain Relief (Analgesia)
In all patients undergoing general
anaesthesia an intravenous catheter is
placed for rapid infusion of emergency
procedure medication should the need
arise; and continuous intravenous fluid
is administered in all surgical
patients, including desex patients.
Pain relief is mandatory and is given with the preanaesthetic sedation; and again post operatively - to keep your pet as comfortable and in minimal pain when in our care. We also recognize that a pain free recovery period after surgery optimizes wound healing.
We encourage onsite preanaesthetic blood screening in "at risk" patients and also seemingly healthy pets at and beyond seven years of age. During anaesthesia and surgery monitoring devices such as a "pulse oximeter" and respiratory monitor are used in all surgical procedures for cats, dogs and 'pocket pets'.
After intensive & potentially painful surgeries, patients may be placed on a CRI (continuous rate infusion) where a continuous flow of analgesics is delivered directly and consistently into the circulation via a fluid pump. Many of these patients will also have a narcotic "patch" placed on the skin to deliver strong analgesia over a number of days from "through the skin" absorption of the drug.