Opiates are a class of drugs that can be used in both human and veterinary medicine during or after surgical procedures and sometimes for home care for temporary or chronic conditions. In veterinary medicine, opiates such as Buprenex are often given for short term use following spay or neuter procedures or dental procedures that required extractions. When given as directed, they can be quite helpful in managing pain with mild side effects. However, human formulations such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin can prove dangerous to pets due to the likelihood of overdose or accidental exposure. If your pet may have swallowed even one pill, chewed on a pain patch, or received an extra dose of his own prescription pain medication, serious cardiovascular and respiratory depression can occur.