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Pain Management in Pet Animals

Pain Management in Pet Animals:

According to research, pain is a self-perpetuating condition that is triggered by each episode, making it easier to feel the suffering. Since the animal is already going through this pain "loop," it becomes much harder to control it once it starts to feel pain. Additionally, research shows that animals who are in pain not only become stressed but also emit steroids that slow down healing and recovery.

It can be quite difficult to interpret pain in the many animals we care for. In the veterinary field, we not only work with a wide range of animal personalities but also with a wide range of species that exhibit pain in varied ways. 

For instance, a painful budgie may frequently just sit quietly and appear slightly fluffed, whereas a Husky will frequently vocalize in response to even the slightest pain stimulus. Animals, like people, exhibit varying degrees of pain sensitivity. While some animals can become highly noisy when only mildly stimulated by pain, others will never exhibit pain sensitivity even when we are aware that they are in agony.

Veterinarians, who are responsible for your pet's health, must prevent pain from occurring since it is challenging to understand how different animal species perceive pain and because it is also challenging to stop it once it has started. 

Because we are aware of the potential for certain procedures to inflict pain, we can administer pain medication before the surgery to stop the pet from 1) feeling the pain and 2) starting a cycle of discomfort that is challenging to break.

It's important to emphasize the value of multimodal pain management. In the veterinary sector, we are fortunate to have access to a wide range of analgesics (painkillers), and by mixing various analgesics, we can frequently produce additive effects, where the combination of pharmaceuticals works better together than either one alone. An excellent illustration of this is the combination of a genuine analgesic, such as a morphine derivative, with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID). 

The NSAID will reduce swelling, and the morphine derivative will effectively reduce pain, offering a wider range of pain relief.

Veterinarians are aware that animals do feel pain, much like humans do, but that both the presence of pain and how it is managed are arbitrary and challenging to interpret. As a result, I believe that the best way to manage pain is to administer analgesics in advance of a painful occurrence and to avoid any discomfort. However, the veterinary practice has changed and today pain control is a crucial component of our accepted quality of care for your pet. Veterinary medicine in the past had a poor understanding of this notion and approved medications were not readily available.