Pain management

Pain management

Pain greatly impacts an animal’s wellbeing, general health and their ability to move.

Whilst your veterinary surgeon will prescribe a variety of medication to alleviate pain; physiotherapy allows us to combine several manual techniques and modalities to modulate pain.

IS MY ANIMAL IN PAIN?

Pain signs in our pets can be very subtle.  Symptoms may include:

  • Limping and lameness
  • Reluctance to move/ walk as much as before
  • Restlessness or behavioural changes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to jump or cope with slippery surfaces
  • Posture changes during toileting

physiotherapy allows us to combine several manual techniques (such as joint mobilisations and massage) and modalities such as laser, acu-laser, TENS and thermal therapy (heat or cold) to modulate pain. We utilise Canine and Feline pain score charts from Colorado State University to help us to better assess pain in your pet. We can also assess pain in other pets such as rabbits, by using similar scoring systems.


Could using non-pharmaceutical pain management help your pet? Here's Yuby's story.

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Susan contacted me when her little doggy, Yuby was having some difficulties with painful stifles (knees) due to ligament problems. Yuby was already under the care of her family veterinarian, but the current regime of rest and NSAIDs pain medication was not doing enough to allow Yuby to do the things he loved.

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Adaptil® Refill

Adaptil® reassures dogs during new experiences and fearful situations often associated with causing stress in our canine companions. Female dogs secrete pheromones that comfort and reassure their nursing puppies. These "appeasement" pheromones have the same calming effect on adult dogs.

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Cryotherapy and Heat therapy (Thermal therapy)

Thermal therapy is the application of hot or cold elements to the body for the relief of pain and control of inflammation and swelling.

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