Integrated Pain Management - Frequently Asked Questions by Clients
Can I visit my pet?
You may visit your pet at any time that you and the clinician agree on. During certain diagnostic or surgical procedures we may not be able to let you visit your pet because of safety concerns for you (e.g. radiation safety) or your pet.
Will I see the same clinician each time I come to NCSU?
Senior clinicians all have some time off clinics for didactic teaching and research. The service will try to schedule follow-up appointments with the same senior clinician, but this will not always be possible. However, the senior clinicians will have discussed your pet's condition prior to your appointment.
How risky are the diagnostic procedures and treatments?
Any diagnostic test involving an anesthetic procedure presents a small but potentially significant risk to the health and life of the patient. A board-certified anesthesiologist will be in charge of your pet's anesthetic needs and care under anesthesia, should it be needed. The NCSU anesthesia service provides state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring to minimize risks to patients undergoing surgery. Drug therapy and other treatments can also involve some risk, just as they can in people. The potential risks of any treatment will be fully discussed with you, and any questions you may have will be answered. Many of the treatments used do not have FDA approval for use in animals. This is not because they cannot be used, but because it is not financially worthwhile for companies to pursue costly registration of a product or procedure for the veterinary market. The safety of all therapies will be discussed with you prior to administration.
Can you see my pet for other health problems and vaccinations?
The NC State Veterinary Hospital does not provide routine and preventive care for your pet. Your pet should be current on all vaccinations prior to an appointment with us. As a teaching hospital, we limit our services to referral cases, which will enable our students to see various and often complex cases and will give them the experience to excel as veterinarians in the future.
Should my pet fast before the appointment?
We recommend removing your pet's food for about 12 hours before your appointment time. If your pet is debilitated or is a puppy or kitten, feed as usual. Always allow access to fresh water.
Should I give my pet his medications before the appointment?
For 12 hours prior to the appointment, please do not give any medications prescribed by your veterinarian which are specifically indicated for pain. However, please continue to give any other medications (such as heart medications) as directed by your veterinarian up to and including the day of the appointment, even if you know that sedation or anesthesia is planned unless you have been specifically directed by someone from the IPMS not to do so. We need to know exactly what drugs you are giving your pet. Please bring all the necessary information with you - names of drugs, doses and frequency of administration. Do not forget any "over-the-counter" drugs you might be using or drugs from your own medicine cabinet you may be giving to your pet, however infrequently!