Additional modalities we recommend
Including acupuncture, ultrasound and K Laser therapy
We are very fortunate to have Josie, a fully qualified veterinary physiotherapist in the clinic. She oversees the more difficult cases and offers loads of compassionate care to these dogs and cats in pain. She selects appropriate treatment – perhaps involving physiotherapy, traditional needle acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, ultrasound, and now can prescribe a course of K Laser too.
This new treatment is a powerful additional tool. Made famous by sports starts like Rafal Nadal using it, it has now become main-stream and used widely in the National Health (for human patients of course). We are proud to be the first vet clinic in Northern Ireland to have taken delivery of the fantastic piece of equipment, and our patients are benefiting daily from its’ use.
We are delighted to have teamed up with Clare at PawsForASplash in East Belfast. We can refer cases for assistance in a professionally controlled swim or walk on a hydro-treadmill. This facility is exceptionally well run, and Clare does a great job whilst keeping fully abreast of all the latest thinking on rehabilitation. We highly recommend her.
Our clients qualify for a discount withPawsForASplash. Ask us for details
This novel treatment again hit the headlines through professional sportsmen and women using it. We now offer this for dogs, more properly called V PET, or enhanced platelet therapy, available on a one-sedation only basis. We can discuss the merits on a case-by-case basis.
Stem Cell Therapy
This therapy promises great things, and some of these great things are now available to our patients. Adipose-derived stem cell therapy is now available at Cedarmount. Please talk to us about this two anaesthetic procedure treatment – it may be the very best thing ever for your dog!
When all else fails, we can offer various surgical solutions from joint replacement to a salvage surgery. If you feel the treatment we have tried is not providing adequate quality of life for your loved one, then talk to us about a salvage surgical option. Some joints can safely be fused and thereby become pain-free, and some can be replaced, just like in humans eg. total hip replacement.
Monitoring of these patients is vital to maintain the best quality of life possible in each case. The level of pain or stiffness will vary from day to day and week to week, and every pet responds to medication differently.
Regular check ups, every few weeks or months depending on the case, allows us to see how well the treatment or diet etc. is working and, more importantly, change things if the current regimen isn’t having the benefits we expect. Regular monitoring also allows us to keep an eye on any potential problems with the medication and perform the necessary tests to make sure everything is OK.
The take-home message is: there are many different options to assist in returning to pain-free, active happy lives for these pets. Do talk to us – we really can help.