The comfort of all our patients following surgery is a high priority. Pain relief is a very important welfare issue and we take this matter very seriously. Pain relief begins before surgery with injection of morphine or other opioids and in appropriate cases the use of epidurals, specific nerve blocks or infusion of the surgical site with local anaesthetic. During surgery pain is controlled by general anaesthetic gas. Pain relief continues after surgery with anti-inflammatory and opioid drugs either as a constant intravenous infusion or as injections.
All dogs undergoing routine neutering operations (spey or castration) at The Vet Centre are sent home with several days of pain relief medication and all cats receive a long-acting pain relief injection. All this is included in the set price of neutering.