Every pet entering our hospital for any reason will have a pain assessment score assigned and discussed with the client. Managing your pet's pain is one of our highest priorities. Notions that pets don't feel pain or “need” the discomfort to keep them quiet are fairly universally accepted as outdated and incorrect. It has been shown again and again that pain impairs healing and, more importantly, is inhumane. We place utmost importance on your pet's comfort and well-being. Allowing an animal to suffer pain is, in our view, unethical.
At the Johnson City Veterinary Hospital
, we use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, opioid drugs, local anesthetics, acupuncture, oral medications, injections, and laser therapy. Many of these methods are included in the cost for routine surgical procedures. All of these methods are considered for every case, every time. Although these methods are, generally, very safe and very beneficial to our patients, some of these medications do carry risks for some patients. Your doctor will weigh these risks when indicated and be sure to discuss them with you.
If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain. For this reason, pain-management protocols are a part of the treatment plan for all invasive procedures, such as surgeries. If your pet is already dealing with chronic pain, our veterinarians can create a customized pain management plan based on your pet's individual needs and medical issues. Surgery Soft tissue surgery, laser therapy, spays, and neuters are performed regularly at our hospital. Our hospital is designed and equipped to provide “state of the art” care in small animal surgery. We do a large variety of surgical procedures using the safest anesthetic to provide extra safety to our patients. All patients are monitored before, during and after all surgical procedures. If your pet requires overnight hospitalization they can be observed by surveillance web cameras during the night.