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Ford is a 12-year-old Labrador. He has an important role as a friend for new foster dogs that are rescued from puppy farms in Wales and Ireland by his owner. Ford visited Anderson Moores because he was in pain and feeling stiff (previously diagnosed with osteoarthritis).

Initial Treatment:

Ford was prescribed meloxicam, gabapentin and tramadol by his referring vet. He was initially referred to our in-house physiotherapy team for further pain management, but to improve his comfort levels /quality of life he was sent to our Pain Clinic.

Pain Clinic:

Ford had started to vocalise when he tried to lie down. Consequently, he was unable to sleep in a comfortable position. He had a hunched posture and needed some assistance to rise in the mornings.

After an assessment of Ford’s lifestyle had been completed; his medication was changed to a combination of meloxicam, gabapentin and memantine. Memantine is a NMDA antagonist that is useful for chronic pain. He also received a course of acupuncture which is ongoing.

Results:

Ford’s owner reports that his condition has improved significantly. He is now able to lie comfortably, stand without assistance and is keen to go on walks and guide his foster dogs around once again.

Ford is typical of the cases we see at the Pain Clinic. Often they are older dogs with discomfort that is partly managed by meloxicam and tramadol. They are unable to do the things they used to love; chasing squirrels, getting onto the sofa and getting in and out of the car. The aim of our Pain Clinic at Anderson Moores is to optimise the quality of life for dogs and cats.

If you have a case that could benefit from treatment, please call 01962 767920.

Published: 12-12-2017

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