Thornbury – December 2017
This is 2.5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Belle, the Thornbury hospital Pet of the Month for December 2017.
Poor old Belle has been a regular visitor here at Yorkshire Vets over her short life. She has had issues with luxating patellas and, more recently, laryngeal problems, both of which have required surgery. Earlier this year, Belle began to show signs of neck pain. This type of pain is typical in dogs suffering from syringomyelia. This is a condition common among her breed, in which fluid cavities develop in the spinal chord near the brain. Initially, we were able to manage this pain with medication, but over time Belle began to have more off days, during which she appeared to be experiencing more pain.
At this stage, we discussed increasing Belle’s medication. As an alternative, we also suggested that she undergo a number of acupuncture sessions with Emma, one of our vets. Acupuncture has many uses and can be very useful in controlling pain in animals (young and old cats, dogs and rabbits). Acupuncture releases natural opioids within the animal’s body, which helps to reduce pain. It can also be very useful in managing arthritic pain.
Since beginning Acupuncture with Emma, Belle has been doing really well. During her sessions, she is always an absolute star. She has become so comfortable with the treatment that she often falls asleep on the consult table while her needles are in place! Since starting her acupuncture sessions, Belle’s owners have noticed a massive improvement in her pain levels. While she still uses conventional medication alongside her acupuncture, she has become far more stable without the need for a dose increase. Despite her regular vet trips, Belle is always happy to come and visit us here at Thornbury. We think she is a superstar and a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Belle.