Joint & Chronic Pain

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Joint & Chronic Pain

Dogs instinctively try to hide their pain so it’s up to us to recognize the subtle signs when they are hurting and get them the help they need.

A dog’s pain can become evident through physical symptoms, behavioural changes and/or mobility issues.

Stay vigilant and always ask your vet about changes to your dogs behaviour or routine that might signal that they are in pain. Once you have a diagnosis, there are ways we can support them beyond allopathic medicine.

is usually pretty obvious with yelping or crying, a limp, or after surgery or an accident. It has a protective purpose to minimise damage to the area and is often accompanied by redness, swelling, or heat.


is no longer protective. It has become the disease itself, and the symptoms look very different. Chronic pain is insidious, and may have to be tolerated long-term if the owner doesn’t recognize the early signs.

What does chronic pain look like?

Chronic pain symptoms can be very subtle and you may just notice small changes over time that indicate your dog is not quite like their lively puppy-self any more. You may notice one or more of these…

  • Flinching, growling or snapping when touched
  • Reluctance to walk or stand up
  • Hesitant to jump on sofa/in car
  • Doesn’t go upstairs any more
  • Less interested in toys
  • Excessive licking of an area
  • Twitching / shaking muscles
  • Arched back / head held below shoulders
  • Sleepy
  • Fidgety
  • Sitting/sleeping in ‘odd’ shapes
  • Off their food
  • Reduced ability to learn
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Blank gaze / disconnected look

Ways to help your dog with chronic pain

Step 1 – Understand what is causing the pain, and what the impact is

Firstly it is really important to get a diagnosis of chronic pain from your vet to rule out issues that require intervention or surgery.

When you know the cause of the pain, an Animal Communication Session may help you to explain how it impacts their everyday life, what emotional effects it’s having on them, and what activities might make it better or worse.

Animal Communication works by making an intuitive connection with your dog so that I can ask them questions and hear answers from them as to what might help. This session won’t take the pain away, but it will reassure your dog that you understand and want to help them to feel more comfortable, or identify therapies that they feel would offer them more support.

Step 2 – Make changes to the routine to help them cope

If the cause of their chronic pain is a degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis then you can look at pain management through your vet, and consider how you can modify their living environment and routine to help minimise the symptoms.

Simple pain-reducing modifications can include taking shorter walks, using a ramp or steps for the sofa or car, covering slippery floors with rugs, avoiding ball chasing, and raising food/water dishes to a more comfortable height.

Speak with your vet about pain management therapies including physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and head pads. Reiki can help your dog to cope with the emotional and physical impact of the pain and Herbal Self-Medication can help to modify the pain pathways in the brain and reduce the inflammatory triggers that may make the condition worse.

Pain Package One


Understand & Explore

  • In-depth Animal Communication with live video feedback to discuss the nature and impact of the pain and what therapies or treatments may help.

Pain Package Two


Understand & Cope

  • In-depth Animal Communication with live video feedback.
  • Distance Reiki healing (60 mins) to help your dog cope with the mental and physical effects of the pain.

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Pain Package Three


Understand & Strengthen

  • In-depth Animal Communication with live video feedback
  • Full Herbal Self-Medication session (remote or in-person) to help reduce the feelings of pain and inflammation.

Save £15
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