Diagnosing the cause of the pain is often the first step. Some injuries need surgery to correct for example. Sometimes it can be challenging to work out which bit is hurting. We have advanced CT imaging
which can help diagnose ligament, tendon and spinal pain when X-Rays cannot.
An annual blood test is recommended for pets over 8 years of age even if they seem well. We are looking for the “little red light on the dash” that tell us there is a problem before there are symptoms. An early diagnosis of hormonal problems, organ disease or diabetes can help us get your pet back on track before they were even sick. Waiting until there is advanced disease before coming to the vet often means your pet will be very sick and challenging to get them back to health.
K-Laser uses different light wavelengths to penetrate deep into tissues to reduce pain and inflammation. The laser generates significant heat which also feels incredibly nice relaxing tight painful muscles and joints. K-Laser is fantastic for relieving myofascial pain and osteoarthritis. We have had some incredible results curing paralysed dogs we thought would need spinal surgery. The costs of spinal surgery were just not an option for our client so we tried laser therapy with startling results.
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PRP is a popular option in human athletes for muscle and tendon injury. Platelets contain growth factors to stimulate repair of tissue. We have used PRP to speed up healing of muscles and tendons following injury. We also use it commonly post operatively in dog’s with partial cruciate ligament tears. PRP is now often used in complicated fractures and non unions along with bone grafts to help stimulate healing.
OA is the most common form of chronic pain in pets. As in people it is often obesity related. Keeping your pet lean is just so important for their general health but also to prevent them becoming crippled with pain in later life. OA can be managed with combinations of different pain killers but for clients that prefer drug free treatments we find K-Laser therapy is absolutely sensational. We will also have a monoclonal antibody therapy very soon as well as a few new therapies are on the horizon.
You will see one of our experienced veterinarians.
The veterinarian may recommend imaging such as X-Rays or advanced imaging such as a CT scan to make an accurate diagnosis.
The vet may be able to diagnose the problem without imaging and be able to make treatment recommendations immediately.
If your pet is to be admitted for imaging, the vet will do an estimate and one of our trained care nurses will come and admit your fur child to our fear free hospital where they will feel safe and calm with soft music and pheromones and gentle caring nurses.
We will make an accurate diagnosis and tailor a plan for your pet.
Treating pain may involve a combination of weight control, medication, K-Laser therapy or even surgery or possibly rehabilitation exercises or an orthotic brace for support.
An accurate diagnosis is the key to a successful out come and then we will make an estimate of therapies and medical treatments so that you fully understand any costs before proceeding.
When you collect your pet, the vet will show you any images taken and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Social distancing is easy for pets and people in our spacious waiting areas.