Is your animal family member experiencing discomfort from a chronic ailment, injury or recent surgery? You Have Options!
If your furry friend is struggling to get up, limps after a trip to the park or is too sore to play anymore, they need help. While they may not be able to speak, they are telling you that they are hurting and we have options to help them.
We have one of the most powerful and advanced laser therapy machines on the market for pets. Laser therapy uses waves of light to soothe sore muscles and joints, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and promote faster healing. All our routine surgical patients receive a laser treatment of the incision site during recovery as part of our surgical pain management. Laser therapy can be used to treat skin, ears, joints, muscles, even bladder and intestinal inflammation. Treatments can be done in as little as 15 minutes. The treatment is painless, no sedation is required and there are no side effects.
Platelet Rich Plasma is created using your pet’s own blood sample to make a serum concentrated in platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate a healing environment in unhealthy and painful joints. PRP therapy does require sedation but can be done as an outpatient procedure. We can usually treat up to 2 joints at a time and the pain relief results can last for months. It’s great for chronic arthritis pain, dysplasias and acute and chronic soft tissue injuries like ACL tears.
Many people have had or know someone who has had a cortisone injection before. Pets can also benefit from this same procedure. Corticosteroids and/or hyaluronic acid can be injected directly into an injured joint to reduce inflammation and improve lubrication. Most pets will require the use of a light sedative. Improvement is often noted within 1-2 days and can last for 6-8 weeks or more.
Acupuncture is a centuries old practice that incorporates the use of fine needles to enhance/balance the flow of energy in the body. It has demonstrated positive effects in treating a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders (like arthritis), neurologic disorders (i.e. disc disease), gastrointestinal disorders, and even metabolic disorders. Due to the location and physiologic effects of stimulating the acupoints, it is helpful in reducing pain and inflammation and promotes healing. Most patients will see a noticeable improvement after the first two sessions. An initial acupuncture consultation includes the initial physical examination and determination of the appropriate points to treat plus two acupuncture therapy sessions (1 that day and a 2nd session within a week). If you have a pet that you are interested in trying acupuncture, call us to schedule a consultation.