Pain Management & Anesthesia
At Animal Medical Care, we place a high priority on your pet’s safety and comfort. Although some surgeries may be less expensive at other clinics, we take great pride in the pre-operative and post-operative care that we give. AMC believes it is important for you to understand that there can be some major differences between animal hospitals in how pre-operative and post-operative care is given.
Surgical costs are highly influenced by a clinic’s anesthetic and analgesic protocols, which have progressed exponentially over the past ten to fifteen years. Some clinics have advanced with the science and technology - others less so. It is important to understand the level of care and attention that will be provided to your pet during any surgical procedure.
1. AMC’s trained technicians constantly monitor your pet during anesthesia and recovery using the very best monitoring equipment. Although this influences the cost of the procedure, it is critical to your pet’s safety. Other clinics may not have modern anesthesia monitoring equipment and/or the level of monitoring could be rudimentary or virtually non-existent.
2. AMC is the only clinic in this Gainesville / Hall County area that uses sevoflurane. This is the anesthetic of choice in human medicine. Other area clinics are a generation behind, with some being further behind than that. Sevoflurane is more expensive, but we believe that the added safety and comfort is well worth it.
3. AMC does not want your pet to suffer and takes all preventative steps to ensure your pet is comfortable. Not long ago it was common to hear veterinarians say that animals don’t feel pain the way that we do. This is absolute nonsense. Although pets try not to show pain around people or other animals, videos of post-surgical pets that are alone clearly show how uncomfortable they are unless properly medicated.
4. AMC uses a multimodal (different classes of anesthetic drugs as pre-meds and induction agents) anesthetic protocol and provides additional pain management after the surgery. Pain control should not be “cookie cutter,” but tailored to each individual’s needs, ensuring safer administration of a drug. In addition to being “the right thing to do” there is a huge body of evidence showing that good pain management increases surgical success and recovery.
A lot goes into an anesthetic and surgical event, but the quality of care varies from different animal hospitals and clinics. Low-cost, high-volume clinics and many non-profits cost less for a reason. And while many veterinary clinics in a geographical area have similar pricing for routine services, they may not provide the same level of care. At AMC, we take pride in knowing that our anesthetic and pain management protocols are the best available in veterinary medicine.