Fergus Coutts Veterinary Pain Management

Fergus Coutts Veterinary Pain Management Providing animals with safe and effective relief from pain. In Stirling, Aberdeen & Inverness. Appointments can be made in Stirling and Aberdeen.
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I provide safe, effective and humane management of pain in animals, with the aim of providing solace and restoring your pet’s quality of life. To arrange/ discuss appointments:
Broadley Veterinary Hospital, Stirling - 01786 445665
Ardene House Veterinary Hospital, Aberdeen - 01224 740700

Happy May the 4th!
04/05/2024

Happy May the 4th!

Happy Vet Nurse Awareness Month ! 💚 this is the wonderful team of nurses I work with at Ardene House Vets
01/05/2024

Happy Vet Nurse Awareness Month ! 💚 this is the wonderful team of nurses I work with at Ardene House Vets

🐾 Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month 🐾

The month of May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, throughout the month of May we aim to give some insight into what our nursing team do daily 🩺

Below is our wonderful small animal nursing team who work hard everyday to provide the best care for your pets at Ardene 🥰

30/04/2024

As of today, all out of hours calls will be directed to Highland Vet Emergencies. If you need to contact us, please use our regular daytime contact number 01463 237000 (Argyle Street), 01463 712202 (Canalside), 01463 793700 (Culloden), and your call will be seamlessly redirected to the team at Highland Vet Emergencies, who will be ready to assist you and will remain on-site with your pet all night 📞

Highland Vet Emergencies, situated at Culduthel Avenue, Inverness, IV2 6JG, within the same premises as Highland Vet Referrals, will now serve as your contact point for veterinary assistance during nights and weekends when your daytime practice is closed 🏥🐾

Happy World Veterinary Day ! 🩺
27/04/2024

Happy World Veterinary Day ! 🩺

26/04/2024

Thursday thought 🫶🏻

🐦 A useful image about fledglings 🐦 If you ever think that a young bird is in trouble, do not approach. Keep a close eye...
25/04/2024

🐦 A useful image about fledglings 🐦

If you ever think that a young bird is in trouble, do not approach. Keep a close eye on them and contact your local wildlife charity or Scottish SPCA for advice and assistance

The goal of pain management is helping pets to live happy and healthy lives. Sometimes pets have a visible improvement i...
04/04/2024

The goal of pain management is helping pets to live happy and healthy lives. Sometimes pets have a visible improvement in mobility, in other cases they just seem happier and have greater quality of life.

Is pain affecting my pet’s quality of life?
The effects of chronic pain are difficult to assess. Common behavioural changes indicating your pet’s quality of life may be affected by pain include:
• Losing interest in exercise or play.
• Not sleeping well, or just being ‘down in the dumps’.
• Showing signs of withdrawal from the family.

What conditions benefit from Pain Management?
A range of painful conditions have been helped with Pain Management:
• Pets with uncontrolled arthritis pain.
• Pets who are unable to take some pain-relieving medicines.
• Pets recovering from injury, or after surgery.
• Pets with back pain.
• Palliative care for pets with cancer.

Would Pain Management help my pet?
If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering from pain, please ask your usual vet for advice. They will refer you for an appointment if they think Pain Management could help your pet’s quality of life.

What is Pain Management?
The first step in Pain Management is to diagnose the causes of your pet’s pain. Working closely with you and your referring vet, we then develop a safe and effective treatment plan for your pet
This may include:
• Pain relieving medicines.
• Drug-sparing physical therapies, including acupuncture.
• Innovative joint therapies.
• Physiotherapy, to improve your pet’s mobility and help to restore confidence that walking need not be painful.
• Small changes you can make at home to improve your pet’s comfort.

This integrated approach treats pain from all angles,
helping to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Happy April Fools !What are you doing for April Fools? 🤪
01/04/2024

Happy April Fools !
What are you doing for April Fools? 🤪

One less hour in bed tomorrow! 😅
30/03/2024

One less hour in bed tomorrow! 😅

The 60th Anniversary meeting of the AVA will be held in London this autumn. Save the date now!
16/02/2024

The 60th Anniversary meeting of the AVA will be held in London this autumn. Save the date now!

08/02/2024

Hip dysplasia can predispose dogs to developing arthritis, but what is dysplasia?

The benefits of physiotherapy are to reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasm. It helps to encourage healing and improve r...
02/02/2024

The benefits of physiotherapy are to reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasm. It helps to encourage healing and improve range of movement, prevents secondary complications, enhances and/or maintains function.

Physiotherapy can start with small movements to that gradually build up over time to reduce your pets pain and increase their range of movement to make their life more comfortable

31/01/2024
Pain in Cats.Signs of pain in cats🐱 Lameness (limping)🐱 Difficulty jumping🐱 Abnormal gait🐱 Reluctance to move🐱 Reaction ...
30/01/2024

Pain in Cats.

Signs of pain in cats

🐱 Lameness (limping)

🐱 Difficulty jumping

🐱 Abnormal gait

🐱 Reluctance to move

🐱 Reaction to palpation (touching)

🐱 Withdrawn or hiding

🐱 Lack of self-grooming

🐱 Playing less

🐱 Appetite decrease

🐱 Overall activity decrease

🐱 Rubbing themselves on people less

🐱 General mood change

🐱 Temperament change

🐱 Hunched-up posture

🐱 Shifting weight when standing, lying down or walking

🐱 Licking a particular body region

🐱 Lower head posture

🐱 Squinting

🐱 Change in feeding behavior

🐱 Avoiding bright areas

🐱 Growling

🐱 Groaning

🐱 Eyes closed

🐱 Straining to urinate

🐱 Tail flicking

Causes of Pain in Cats

There are many conditions that can cause your cat to experience pain. Some are more obvious, while others can go undetected. Listed below are common conditions that can bring about pain:

🐱Surgery

🐱Trauma

🐱Infection

🐱Cancer

🐱Urinary tract blockage or stones

🐱Digestive problems

🐱Exposure to extreme heat or cold

🐱Tissue complications (e.g. inflammation, tissue death, loss of blood supply)

🐱Arthritis

🐱Bladder inflammation

🐱Eye conditions

🐱Dental Conditions

🐱Neurological condition

What is ‘normal’ behaviour for dogs?Molony & Kent (1997) defined pain in veterinary species as: ”... an aversive sensory...
27/01/2024

What is ‘normal’ behaviour for dogs?

Molony & Kent (1997) defined pain in veterinary species as: ”... an aversive sensory, [cognitive] and emotional experience...representing an awareness of the animal of damage, or threat of damage, to the integrity of its tissues...”
In this context ‘emotion’ would include fear, frustration and leading to stress and suffering.

Following on from this pain is also described as a ‘biobehavioural disease’, where pain and behaviour have an interdependent effect on each other.

Behaviour has an important role in pain assessment, as clinicians and owners draw inferences from their observations of dogs’ behaviour. Signs of pain may include obvious signs, such as lameness, or more subtle changes to a dog’s ‘normal behavioural pattern’.

Well, what is normal behaviour? All dogs are different, but this is a rough breakdown:

Sleeping - 12 hrs (several spells, day and night).
Exercising - 3 hrs.
Eating - 2.5 hrs* (incl. scavenging and ‘hunting’).
Play - 1.5 hrs
Rest - 1.5 hrs
Grooming - 0.5 hrs
Social behaviours - 3 hrs (time with the family).

* Of course, some dogs finish their food in 30 seconds. In this context ‘eating’ includes hunting for treats and so on.

With acknowledgements to Pippa Hutchison.

🍾  HAPPY NEW YEAR 🍾 Here’s to a prosperous 2024!
01/01/2024

🍾 HAPPY NEW YEAR 🍾
Here’s to a prosperous 2024!

It’s finally here ! Merry Christmas ! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends especially the furry ...
25/12/2023

It’s finally here !
Merry Christmas !
I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends especially the furry ones! 🎄

Getting stiffer in the winter ❄️ ❄️ It is very common for pets to become stiffer in the winter, the cold weather can mak...
22/12/2023

Getting stiffer in the winter ❄️

❄️ It is very common for pets to become stiffer in the winter, the cold weather can make them shiver which can irritate sore joints and they are more likely to fall and hurt themselves.

❄️ It is important to keep this in mind if you know your pet has health issues or are elderly.

❄️ Make sure your pet has a nice cosy and comfy bed.

❄️ If it’s a cold day pop a jacket on to help keep them warm and try not to stay outside for too long.

❄️ If the ground appears slippy and you know your pet has joint issues take the for walks on clear paths to help prevent falls.

If you think your pet is struggling with the cold and would like some help please first contact your vet, or contact me through email/telephone or DM

🚨 It’s not long to go now ! 🚨 Don’t forget to order enough medication to last your pet over into the new year !
21/12/2023

🚨 It’s not long to go now ! 🚨
Don’t forget to order enough medication to last your pet over into the new year !

Here is the naughty and nice list of Christmas foods for Pets! Make sure if your pet does get anything on the naughty li...
20/12/2023

Here is the naughty and nice list of Christmas foods for Pets!

Make sure if your pet does get anything on the naughty list to contact your vet immediately

14/12/2023
Are you aware of the Christmas Dangers for dogs ? Here is a handy post to keep your pet safe this christmas
09/12/2023

Are you aware of the Christmas Dangers for dogs ? Here is a handy post to keep your pet safe this christmas

☠️ Watch out for these foods over the festive period! If your pooch does ingest any of these, please speak to your vet to seek further advice.

For a full guide, visit: https://bit.ly/3rdgLOA

07/12/2023

Be sure to keep an eye out for grit and salt, as it can hurt a dog's paws!

👋🏼 not long until Santa comes ! 🎅🏼
01/12/2023

👋🏼 not long until Santa comes ! 🎅🏼

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11/11/2023

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Are you prepared for fireworks tomorrow?Many pets struggle with a fear of fireworks this time of year, here are some tip...
04/11/2023

Are you prepared for fireworks tomorrow?

Many pets struggle with a fear of fireworks this time of year, here are some tips to help
💥 keep cats indoors overnight tomorrow night
💥build a den or a safe space
💥keep the radio on and the curtains shut to drown out the noise
💥reassure your pet if they are scared

If your pet is struggling contact your vet to see if there is any medication to help calm them

Happy Halloween 🎃 Hope you all have a spooktacular day ! 👻
31/10/2023

Happy Halloween 🎃
Hope you all have a spooktacular day ! 👻

Are you prepared for fireworks ?Many pets struggle with a fear of fireworks this time of year, here are some tips to hel...
30/10/2023

Are you prepared for fireworks ?

Many pets struggle with a fear of fireworks this time of year, here are some tips to help
💥 keep cats indoors overnight tomorrow night
💥build a den or a safe space
💥keep the radio on and the curtains shut to drown out the noise
💥reassure your pet if they are scared

If your pet is struggling contact your vet to see if there is any medication to help calm them

Don’t forget to turn back time before bed tonight !
28/10/2023

Don’t forget to turn back time before bed tonight !

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Broadleys Veterinary Hospital
Stirling
FK77LE

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