Treatment Type: Medications
Rated for: Labrador Retriever
Posted Mar. 23, 2018
This is one of the most commonly used pain relief drugs in my clinic for dog's undergoing a surgery. Buprenorphine is a great pain relief to be used in the vet clinic for dogs which need prompt pain relief for mild to moderate pain. For severe pain we prefer to use methadone.
It is important that dogs receive pain relief PRIOR to their surgery, often called a pre medication dose. It allows a better, smoother anaesthetic and better recovery too!
1. It provides great pain relief for mild to moderate pain
2. It gives pain relief for 6-8 hours
3. It can be given as an injection under the skin, into the muscle or intravenous. Less commonly it can be administered trans-mucosally (orally).
4. Low risk of possible side effects
5. Can be given safely with NSAIDs
1. It has a slow onset, taking about 1 hour to work.
2. Doesn't provide good pain relief for severe pain
3. May cause sedation in some dogs
4. Can be expensive
5. Requires regular re-administration
6. Opioid medications are FDA controlled, potentially presenting challenges with long- term use. They are commonly only administered in the vet clinic, but in some circumstances they may also be sent home with the dog.