Yet another cat health/vet visit related question.
Our 5 (nearly 6) year old male cat went to the vet dentist yesterday for oral surgery. He had a few teeth removed due to FORL
, including a canine. She gave us 5 days' worth of buprenex for him. The label says to administer "as needed for pain." He got his dose last night and this morning, but today when I came home, he was very very alert, hungry, and craving attention. He's sitting with me now, purring like a motorboat and behaving normally.
I'm *pretty sure* he's not in a ton of pain right now, otherwise I think he would not be so cuddly. However, I'm concerned that right now he's not in pain and is more alert because the meds are wearing off, rather than that he's miraculously without pain, and that he will be hurting a lot later. I know cats can hide pain very, very well. However, right now he seems happy, and I'm loathe to knock him out, especially since he eats better when he's not drugged up, and he hasn't had a lot in the last couple days. I suppose I'm looking for anec-data about others' feline extraction experiences, and any information on administration of pain meds to cats in this situation. I want him to feel good, but I don't think that he feels "good" (other than pain-free) when he's on the meds, as it makes him seem paranoid.