The Pain and Palliative Care service at Angell West in Waltham, MA is a unique service for companion animals with discomfort and disability that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their stage of life or cause of their distress. Many of our patients have complex medical issues that complicate treatment for pain. Some pet owners seek help in accurately determining whether their animals are in pain and how much they are suffering. Through careful consideration of our patients’ medical histories, and thorough discussion with their families, we work together with our patient’s caretakers and their other veterinarians to formulate a treatment plan that best suits the individual needs of each pet and their household.
Palliative Care is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on improving quality of life and minimizing pain and distress that accompanies serious illness and treatment of that illness, regardless of prognosis or age. Any animal with chronic illness or chronic pain can benefit from palliative care as a complement to treatment from other specialists or primary care veterinarians. Some of our patients are close to the end of their lives, but many others are simply struggling with chronic pain or other non-life threatening conditions.
We are uniquely qualified to provide this kind of care because our service is run by a specialist veterinarian with advanced training in pain medicine and palliative care. The Pain and Palliative Care service is fully integrated with the 13 additional specialties practiced at Angell West for easy access to consulting advice. We also welcome any companion animal species to our service, including birds, rabbits, rodents and reptiles.
For patients with difficult to diagnose or treat pain, we utilize current understanding of how pain is created and new treatments available to tailor treatment plans for each patient and caretaker. 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 patients with difficult to diagnose pain (like nerve related pain) since the source of their pain is often poorly understood.
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.