Much research has been performed trying to determine which anesthetic agents provide our pets with the most analgesia or protection from pain. The task is made difficult in that pets cannot talk or explain their experiences. Many pet owners use the “Pain shot”, Torbugesic just in case. A good indicator is whether the pet will snuggle or come to you after the procedure. Their biggest discomfort seems to be psychological fear more than physical pain. A soft stroke, warm towel and a kind word during recovery offering reassurance is their greatest comfort.