We know that animals can suffer from physical pain just as we can. But many animals have evolved behaviors to hide pain, which could make their ancestors appear weak and vulnerable in the wild. Signs of pain include changes in attitude such as hiding, depression, lethargy, lack of interest in food and water, and unexplained aggression.
When scheduling a surgery, you want your pet to receive the best care possible, and that includes addressing pain during the post-operative recovery period. Studies show that when animals are given effective post-operative pain relief, they recover faster and with fewer complications, and can return to normal activities earlier. You wouldn’t want to undergo surgery without pain relief, and neither does your pet.
During the pre-surgery check-in exam, you will be given the option to select or decline post-operative pain medication. Take this opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your pet’s pain management following surgery, and ensure your pet won’t suffer unnecessarily during recovery.