Pain ManagementAnatomically and physiologically, animals are very similar to humans in their ability to perceive pain. Any surgical or diagnostic procedure that would cause pain in humans will cause pain in animals. Balanced pain management is part of any surgical or dental protocol. Combinations of analgesic drugs are used to provide pain relief pre-and post-surgically. Pain medications are also provided to animals with chronic pain from joint disease or prolonged recovery from surgery. Duluth Animal Hospital has adopted an aggressive pain management philosophy. We feel that owners expect to be offered the same degree of pain prevention for their pets as they would expect for themselves.