Pain managment is part of the clinic’s Policy and constitues an immensely important priority.
In the surgical field, all the anaesthetic protocols include an analgesia component. Pain Managment is carried out preventatively (the concept of Pre-emptive Analgesia) by adminstrating pain-killing substances well before the beginning of the actual procedure. These substances are generally derived from morphine. This management is then continued during the anesthesia itself and ends with the post-op administration of anti-inflammatories and analgesics for several days or even weeks after the procedure. The absence of pain is essential to a rapid recovery, especially in joint surgery. Beyond the published protocols, the administration of these drugs will last as long as necessary, our motto being : « Doubt must always benefit the patient ».
Pain managment does not only include post-operative pains. Chronic pains, as in arthritis for instance, are a real challenge in cats and dogs, as they cannot, for the most part, benefit from prosthesis or artificial joints in the case of persistent joint pain. Treatment protocols depicting course treatments versus continuous treatments have been established. Our work does not only involve finding the medecine most suited to our patients but also the education of the owners to help them determine the correct doses and frequencies of administration according to the symptoms displayed by their animal.
Finally, our mission is also to accompany our patients and their owners in the very delicate end-of-life period by proposing appropriate palliative care, especially for cancer patients in which pain is a frequent symptom.
Post-op care, but also the management of persistent pains, such as those found in athritic patients, are also good reasons to use physiotherapy.
Our clinic is equipped with an ambulatory physiotherapy unit, allowing us to prescribe laser care, ultra-sound or electrostimulation protocols.
Indications are :
- After surgery, especially joint surgery
- After surgical or non surgical nerve trauma (disc herniation, traumatic paralysis)
- Persistent pains, non responsive to conventional treatment
- Difficult healing
Apart from electrostimulation, which can be uncomfortable, these treatments are completely painless. Owners may sit in during sessions or drop their animals off for day hospitalisation and pick them up again at the end of treatment. For paralysed patients, the clinic has an ambulatory electrostimulating unit available, which can be rented out to owners who wish to perform treatments at home.