Increasing awareness of painful conditions which may affect dogs and cats is prompting many owners to seek management advice from their veterinary surgeon.
The wide range of presentations; from poor performance in the sports animal to noise phobias and behavioural changes in dogs experiencing chronic pain, together with compensatory changes which may mask primary conditions, can make diagnosis and management challenging.– This often necessitates a multidisciplinary approach by pain practitioners, neurologists and surgeons together with ACPAT registered physiotherapists.
Pain clinic appointments at Cave Veterinary Specialists are led by clinical anaesthetist James Hunt. James qualified in 1998 and worked in general practice for 13 years, whilst always maintaining an interest in pain management. In 2011 he began research for a masters’ degree with the pain research group at the University of Bristol, and has produced a number of publications in both perioperative and chronic pain. He has recently co-authored the chapter on chronic and osteoarthritic pain the recent BSAVA Guide to Pain Management in Small Animal Practice.
Initial appointments usually last for an hour, enabling a detailed overview of the case including client understanding and expectations, identification of primary and secondary painful foci, and consultation with colleagues in neurology, surgery, and medicine if appropriate. Dependent on informed owner wishes, further investigations may be advised with the referring veterinary surgeon, of within our specialist led hospital.
Advice on appropriate pharmaceutical management of pain will be provided and communicated to the referring veterinary surgeon, together with environmental modifications, assessment of pain and welfare, and enrichment techniques.
We are also able to offer in-clinic acupuncture and electroacupuncture. Appointments are available weekly – call now for more information or to refer a case.