Chronic Pain Video

CAM LIVE: Indicators of chronic pain – a therapist’s perspective with Julia Robertson

Dec 27, 2019
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Dog groomers have a role to play both in identifying pain and in making adjustments for that pain during treatments. Misty Reed and Hannah Capon talk about the indicators of pain that might be apparent to a groomer and discuss how that might be broached with the client. Misty then explains how she might modify a style to fit better with a dog’s lifestyle and mobility and tells us about the tools she might use to make an older dog more comfortable and supported.

Misty Reed is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer and award-winning competitive groomer with 22 years in the industry and has owned a successful salon for the past 10 years in College Station, Texas. When grooming herself or teaching others her focus is comfort over beauty although she always strives for both.

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Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) is a veterinary driven initiative, set up by vet Hannah Capon who was becoming overwhelmed with the number of dogs she was having to put to sleep having “gone off their legs”. This was often seen by the owners as a sudden incident, when in truth that dog had probably been suffering in silence for a long time prior to that day. In fact, we believe that as many as 1 in 5 dogs in the UK, and 80% of dogs over the age of 8, will have some degree of osteoarthritis. Unlike humans, dogs are unable to express their pain in words. Chronic pain is no doubt something most people will understand and empathise with, but it can be difficult to tell when a dog is suffering in the same way. We want to challenge the preconceived notion that “just getting old” or “slowing down” should be accepted in our four footed companions. Ageing in itself is not a disease! Here at CAM we think that by changing owner, vet and public perception of arthritis, we can improve and extend the lives of dogs.