We offer a weekly Pain Management and Mobility Clinic.
How will I know if my pet is suffering with chronic pain?
Our Vets and Nurses have seen chronic pain affect pets in the same way it affects us, which is why we set up our Pain and Mobility Clinic.
An animal in pain will display the same physiological symptoms as a human, which are to make us ill, depressed or affect our sleep. Dogs and cats can be really good at hiding their pain. Subtle signs can be things like a change of behaviour, toileting habits or interaction with their owners or other animals.
Some of the pain issues we look to help with include chronic osteoarthritis, spinal pain due to degenerative disc disease, spondylosis or spinal arthritis and even things like cystitis in cats. We will also assess the medication that your animal is on with regards to suitability, manageability and side effects.
We are happy to see cases referred by other practices as well as our own patients.
What happens at a pain management clinic?
Our Vet, Kirsty, will ask you lots of questions to establish how your pet is coping with the pain and if there is anything your pet struggles with, for example sleeping at night or exercise. Kirsty will examine your pet from nose to tail, and discuss and explain what she has found, and what she recommends and why. She will then explain what drugs could be prescribed, and why she is administering them.
What happens next?
There will be a follow up appointment to see how your pet is doing which will usually be a week to two later.
Can you offer my pet acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the art of inserting needles into the skin to stimulate the body to produce natural pain killers. It can be used for the treatment of pain, inflammation and wounds. Here at the Pets'n'Vets Family, we can offer your pet acupuncture. 80% of people and animals respond positively to acupuncture which is why we love it. When effective, it can mean a reduction in ongoing medicines.
We are often asked how frequently a pet will need acupuncture. For severe conditions we would usually see the pet twice a week, for less severe conditions, every one to two weeks. We would expect to see your pet for around 6 sessions primarily, but Kirsty will speak with you about the best treatment plan for your pet.