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. Through careful consideration of our patients’ medical histories, and thorough discussion with their families, we work together with owners to formulate a treatment plan that best suits the individual needs of each pet and their household.
Most 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. In these cases, we will spend much of our time with you assessing and reassessing your pet’s quality of life, as this is something that tends to wax and wane frequently as animals reach old age. The Pain Medicine service aims to serve these types of patients whose owners wish to provide comprehensive palliative 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 but are not limited to novel drug therapy and non-drug modalities of treatment, including medical acupuncture and mobility exercises. If you have questions about whether your pet and you would benefit from the services we provide, don’t hesitate to call or email us.