“The hallmark for treating arthritis is to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but we also have injectable drugs that help with healing the joint cartilage,” Mulry says. “In addition, there’s a whole list of medications that we can use in combination with one another to get patients under control and keep them comfortable.”
For surgical patients, Hornstein uses an assortment of pain medications before, during and after surgery. In addition, he sends clients home with medications for three to five days – sometimes longer, depending on the surgical procedure.
“The advantage of using multimodal pain medication in the treatment of acute pain is that you prevent pain from starting, and often you are able to use lower doses of all the medications before and after surgery,” Hornstein says.
It’s important for pet owners to discuss potential side effects of the medications prescribed for their