Pain Management Clinic
The pain management service at Northwest Veterinary Specialists is run by Matt Gurney & Liz Leece, RCVS & European Specialists in Anaesthesia & Analgesia. Each patient at Northwest receives an assessment of their pain before, during and after surgery.
For chronic pain management cases, such as arthritis pain, neuropathic pain and cancer pain, we run a pain management clinic where we deal with cases from within the hospital and also cases referred to us from primary vets. If you would like your pet to be referred to the chronic pain clinic, please discuss this with your vet. If you are a vet and would like to refer a case, please click here.
Pain management is becoming an important aspect of care for all pet owners. Most of the cases we see are struggling with pain from arthritis or spinal problems. By taking a look at all aspects of pain management – that means not only drugs but also diet and exercise – our aim is to keep pets as comfortable as possible.
Its not just old dogs and cats that present in pain. Many of the cases we see suffer from developmental diseases related to the abnormal growth of bone and cartilage within the body. This is manifest as joint or spinal pain.
Of the cases our experts see at Northwest Vet Specialists, some have already undergone surgery and some will benefit from surgery. But surgery is not always the answer – even our surgeons recognise this and this is where we work together to achieve the best outcome for your pet longterm. And the relationship we build with you and your pet is longterm. Our aim is improvement in the short term and comfort for the future.
Of course our own experiences with pain influence how we see pain in our pets. Pain management is about recognising pain and treating it effectively. In order to treat pain we must first identity it. Much of our work focuses on what the pain is and how it affects your pet on a day to day basis.
If you would like your pet to be referred to one of our pain specialists, you can ask your vet. Just ask them to pick up the phone and we will happily discuss your pet’s case with your vet prior to referral.