Meet Ford, a 12-year-old Labrador, suffering from terrible pain and stiffness.
Ford, a friend for new foster dogs that are rescued from puppy farms in Wales and Ireland, was prescribed meloxicam, gabapentin and tramadol by his referring vet. He was initially referred to an in-house physiotherapy team for further pain management, but to improve his comfort levels and quality of life, he was sent to a Pain Clinic.
Ford visited Karla Borland, a Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, because he was in pain and feeling stiff (previously diagnosed with osteoarthritis). Ford had started to whine when he tried to lie down, which meant he was unable to sleep in a comfortable position. He had a hunched posture and needed some assistance to get on his feet in the mornings. After an assessment of Ford’s lifestyle had been completed, his medication was changed to a combination of meloxicam, gabapentin and memantine. Memantine is a NMDA antagonist that is useful for chronic pain. He also received a course of acupuncture.
Ford’s owner reports that his condition, on pain medication and ongoing acupuncture, has improved significantly. He is now able to lie comfortably, stand without assistance and is keen to go on walks and guide his foster dogs around once again.
Article provided by Karla Borland
Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia