... about Pain Medications....
- These non-hormonal products include non-prescription aspirin (and other pain relievers) and prescription required products such as Previcox, Metacam, OroCam,Rimadyl, Etogesic.
- These and other NSAIDS interfere with the body's production of inflammatory molecules that actually trigger pain and swelling.
- Talk with your Veterinarian because some non-prescription NSAIDs should not be used in dogs.
- Products must be used with caution because there is potential for stomach and intestinal problems and prolonged blood clotting time.
- NSAIDs are used for low to moderate pain and discomfort.
- We recommend monitoring Blood values while using these products.
- Used for more severe pain, this class of pain relief medication includes morphine, codeine, demerol and other prescription products.
- Used in advanced cases of cancer or severe arthritic pain, opioids do have a place in selected cases where the quality of life for the dog can be maintained.
(Although not opioids, some antidepressant medications such as Amitriptyline may be used to treat severe chronic pain.)
- Cortisone and synthetic cortisone-like drugs such as prednisone, dexamethasone and Depo-Medrol are potent anti-inflammatory medications and can have a very soothing impact on the patient.
- However, they are always a double-edged sword and you should question any long-term use of corticosteroids when they are employed to reduce arthritic, allergic or dermatologic discomfort.
- Unfavorable side effects can be a deterrent to their use.
Remember to discuss your concerns about Pain medications with your Veterinarian.
Together you will decide on a plan to comfort your Pet with the most effective medications for designed for your animal individual pain needs.
We employee staff belonging to the International Veterinary Pain Management Association...
and we are constantly are striving that every patient may be pain free. Pain management is a key topic for continuing education among our staff interests.