A big peeve of mine is people saying that animals don't feel pain. I don't understand. For example someone comes in with a dog who is only using 3 legs while one is just hanging there. After an assessment, imaging studies are recommended along with some pain medicine. "oh, he's not in PAIN doc, he just banged up his leg." Seriously? That makes no sense.
Anyway, apparently old doc VBB is not the only one who is regularly frustrated by this. Here's a good one from the VBB mailbag:
A young adult intact human male did not want his male dog to receive any pain medication before or after the neutering procedure - he said the dog did not feel pain. We discussed it for a bit before I gave up and said how about I neuter you and you tell me if you want some pain medication??
He still didn't want the dog to receive analgesics. I told him he didn't have a choice. The dog is being neutered, and will receive post-op analgesics!
We at VBB central are pleased our reader's patient will not have to experience a gonadectomy without analgesia. Too bad our reader didn't have a chance to demonstrate on her client.