The Pain Medicine service at Angell Animal Medical Center offers treatment for companion animals with discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their primary diagnosis. Many of our patients have complex medical issues that complicate treatment for pain. Some owners seek help in accurately determining whether their animals are in pain and how much they are suffering. Additionally, some types of pain are under-recognized and/or incompletely treated by traditional medical care. Many of our patients are nearing the end of their life and this service helps pet owners decide on comfort care measures even if surgery or an invasive treatment has been decided against. The Pain Medicine service aims to serve these types of patients whose owners wish to provide comprehensive care to address quality of life concerns.
Current evidence suggests that the most effective treatments for pain are derived from an interdisciplinary approach to the problem, since the pain can affect multiple body systems. Our service provides comprehensive diagnostic services for these patients since the source of their pain is often poorly understood. We are uniquely qualified to provide this kind of care because of the 13 additional specialties practiced at Angell. On-site specialists provide easy access to consulting advice. Pain is a unique process in each individual, so treatment plans must be tailored to each patient.
Treatment options include novel drug therapy and non-drug modalities of treatment, including acupuncture and mobility exercises.