Preoperative Testing and Pain Management

Let Us Eliminate the Anesthetic Completely

It is our job to ensure that your pet can properly process and then eliminate the anesthetic he or she is given. Before we perform any procedure requiring anesthesia, we highly recommend preoperative blood work.
Most animals will get a blood test on the day of their procedure. Other “at-risk” patients, i.e., pets with any previous medical problem, or aged pets, will get a more comprehensive complete blood panel sent to the lab.

While there is no guarantee, these tests are designed to maximize your pet’s safety, which is our biggest concern. Preoperative tests check that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and may reveal any hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk.

Effective Pain Management

We use a combination of opioid and anti-inflammatory injectable medications to help your pet feel better postoperatively. During painful orthopedic procedures, epidurals are used to control pain and help lessen the amount of anesthetic your pet receives.
Local anesthetics and / or nerve blocks are sometimes used if localized pain is predicted, i.e., small mass removals, dental extractions.

Monitoring of pets postoperatively will allow us to determine if your pet needs additional pain medication. Giving pain medication early helps decrease the intensity and duration of pain post-op and encourage a more rapid return to normal behavior and comfort level. It also allows for less anesthesia during surgery, which is safer for your pet.

We generally send pets home with pain medication if we feel they may experience some discomfort. At Dix Hills Animal Hospital, we feel pain management is very important for your pets during and after a painful surgery or procedure and with any injury.