Chronic Pain Management

 

Treatment aim = HAPPY DOG

Chronic pain is defined as lasting more than 4-6 weeks, and is what we mostly see in older arthritic dogs, but pain can be hard to identify for many owners.  The dog doesn't complain, and gets on with life - albeit slower, stiffer and with less bounce.  This is often decribed as 'just getting old', but 'old' is not a disease, and these older animals can shed years with the correct treatment.

 

 

 

Most of my patients will start playing, chasing balls, chasing squirrels, rolling on their backs, etc, etc - different for every dog, but usually is something that the dog really enjoys, and that the owner hadn't realised they had stopped doing - generally described as achieving improved quality of life, or as most owners phrase it, 'he's so much happier now'.