Here are some photos of our vet Ben performing a “diamond burr debridement” of an eye surface that had a non-healing ulcer present. Usually this can be done during a normal consultation, but occasionally a sedation is required. This procedure involves using a burr to remove loose eye tissue – we have included photos of this procedure.

Firstly, some local anaesthetic is applied to the eye, then the burr is moved across the entire surface, removing any loose eye tissue. This will stimulate healthier corneal tissue to develop, which should hopefully adhere down better allowing the eye ulcers to heal.

Lastly, a bandage contact lens is applied to protect the eye while healing takes place!

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience

Different animals will have different experiences of the same pain. Pain can sometimes be a useful thing – for example pain from contact with a hot object causes a withdrawal reflex, which protects from further harm. Chronic pain however, is often debilitating and counterproductive.

Broadly speaking, there are three different types of pain – somatic (from limbs and skin), visceral (from organs) and neuropathic (from nerves and spinal cord). All of these types of pain can have either acute or chronic forms, and an animal can have several different types of pain at the same time.

With animals, it can sometimes be challenging to ascertain their level of pain. Most animals hide pain really well, so although they may still be eating and drinking, that doesn’t mean they are not suffering from chronic pain such as osteoarthritis.

Apart from the obvious yelping or limping that can occur with an acute injury, many dogs & cats with chronic pain appear to show no or limited signs. They may demonstrate changes to their usual behaviours if they are suffering from chronic pain.

Cats in particular tend to become more withdrawn and interact less with their owners. Many people put this down to “general ageing process” of their pet, but this could be an indicator of pain and should be investigated.

If you are unsure if your pet is painful, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our vets.

Here is a link to Willows Referral Centres page on pain in pets – it is well worth a read.

My cocker spaniel Misty was very poorly with gastroenteritis last week.

The care she had was amazing and I couldn’t fault anything.

Thank you to vet Maria for being brilliant and all the nurses and other staff.

Suzanne

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