Pets can experience pain due to many causes, ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions. While many pet owners are aware of obvious causes of pain such as trauma and injuries, some other causes can be subtle and easily missed by owners. If left untreated, these pains can have severe impacts on mobility and ultimately, quality of life.
Common causes of long-term pain include:
Arthritis and Joint Problems: Arthritis is a common cause of chronic pain in pets, particularly in older animals. Degenerative joint diseases, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, and other joint-related conditions can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
Cancer: Pets can experience pain associated with cancerous tumors, metastasis, or cancer treatment. Tumours may cause local pain or discomfort, and cancer treatments like surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy can have associated side effects.
Nerve Damage: Nerve damage or neuropathic pain can occur due to conditions like intervertebral disc disease, nerve injuries, or neurological disorders. Nerve pain can be sharp, shooting, or chronic, depending on the underlying cause.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Importantly, if you suspect your pet is in pain or showing signs of discomfort, speak with a member of our team today for a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis. Early detection and appropriate pain management are crucial to ensure your pet’s well-being and quality of life.
How will we alleviate your pet’s discomfort?
Our pain management approach focus on the identification, assessment, and treatment of pain in your pets. Pain management is an essential component of veterinary care as it improves the well-being and quality of life for pets experiencing acute or chronic pain. Here are some key aspects of our pain management services:
1. Pain Assessment: Our team employs various methods to assess and evaluate pain in your pets. This may include observing their behaviour, assessing physiological indicators, and utilising pain scales specifically developed for different species. The assessment helps us determine the severity and nature of the pain, and enables us to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
2. Multimodal Approach: Our team utilises a multimodal pain management approach to achieve the best outcome for your pet. This approach involves leveraging a combination of interventions to address pain from different angles. It may include medications, physical therapies, and environmental modifications to support your pet’s comfort.
3. Individualised Treatment Plans: We know that every pet is different and as such, requires a tailored plan that caters to their specific needs. We consider factors such as the type and cause of pain, your pet’s overall health, and any underlying conditions or sensitivities. The treatment plan may be adjusted over time based on your pet’s response and our ongoing assessments.
4. Pain Medications: Pain management often involves the use of medications to alleviate pain. The selection and dosage of medications are determined based on the your pet’s condition, species, and individual response.
5. Patient Monitoring: During pain management treatment, regular monitoring of the animal’s response to therapy is crucial. We assess the effectiveness of the pain management plan and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal pain control. Monitoring may involve observing your pet’s behaviour, assessing pain scores, and conducting follow-up examinations or diagnostic tests.
6. Client Education and Support: No pain management plan is able to succeed without strong partnership between us and you. Our pain management services include educating you about the signs and symptoms of pain, the importance of early recognition, and the available treatment options. You will be provided with information on administering medications, recognising potential side effects, and managing your pet’s comfort at home. This empowers you as pet owners to actively participate in your pet’s pain management and increases the chances of achieving good sustained pain control.
7. Compassionate Care: We prioritise compassionate and empathetic care and understand the importance of alleviating pain and promoting the well-being of your pet. We provide a supportive and caring environment, taking into consideration the emotional needs of both your pets and you.
8. Palliative Care and End-of-Life Pain Management: In cases of chronic or terminal illnesses where cure may not be possible, our pain management approach focuses on providing comfort and maintaining the best possible quality of life for your pet. Palliative care strategies may include pain medications, supportive therapies, and assistance with mobility or daily activities to ensure that your pet experiences minimal distress and pain during their final stages of life.
Our pain management service aims to alleviate pain, improve comfort, and enhance the overall well-being of your pets. By employing a multimodal approach, tailoring treatment plans, educating pet owners, and providing compassionate care, we strive to minimise pain and maximise the quality of life for your pets.