Below you will find a list of some of the many modalities we employ to treat animal pain.
Acupuncture is the use of needles placed in specific areas of your pet’s body, depending on the cause and location of the pain. A simplistic explanation of how acupuncture works is that the needle, through a complex series of local and nerve reactions, encourages the body to heal itself. Occasionally, low frequency electricity, sometimes referred to as PENS, is used to enhance the action of the acupuncture needle as well.
- Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Myofascial pain syndrome is a complex problem most often the result of a muscle’s overuse; it is commonly brought about by an animal holding a limb, for example, in an abnormal position when it is too painful to use the limb normally. This can produce muscle pain potentially more painful than the initial problem that hurt the limb. We employ several treatments to help relieve myofascial pain.
- Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy for dogs and cats is often used in conjunction with other pain treatment modalities, as studies have shown that laser therapy can increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and speed healing. Laser therapy is never used alone, but supplements other treatments.
- Manual Therapy and Massage
Manual therapy is exactly what it sounds like: the skilled movement of painful limbs in such a way as to reduce pain and speed return to recovery.Medical massage employs several types of massage techniques to reduce pain in the muscles, return normal function to muscles, and improve your pet’s overall sense of well-being as he/she recovers from surgery, injury, or other painful issues.
PEMF stands for Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field, and like laser, it can be used in conjunction with other pain treatments to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy involves harvesting stem cells from an animal through the surgical collection of fat tissue, and then separating and culturing the stem cells prior to injecting them back into an arthritic joint. The actions of stem cells are not completely understood, but they are thought to bring growth hormones and other natural anti-inflammatory agents, in this concentrated form, to the affected joint.
- Rehabilitation Therapy
Similar to physical therapy in humans, rehabilitation therapy employs the use of trained and certified therapists to help animals recover from surgery, trauma, chronic pain issues like osteoarthritis and neurological disease, and muscle strengthening.
We share many things with our pets: our snacks, our beds, our family vacations and more. But one thing we should never share with our pets is our medications; there are very few human medications, even over-the-counter medications, that can be safely given to pets. This is especially true of pain medications including NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and aspirin. The judicious use of appropriate, animal-safe pain drugs can be an important part of your pet’s pain treatment. We consider factors such as the age of your pet, compatibility with other drugs your pet might be taking for non-pain conditions, diseases your pet may have such as kidney disease or diabetes, and any herbal supplements or allergies.
There are many reasons why some caregivers choose not to treat disease; perhaps there is no cure, the cost might be prohibitive, or there may be personal feelings about what course should be taken. No matter the case for not pursuing a treatment, it is extremely important that an animal’s pain be properly controlled. If you choose not to treat your pet’s disease, we are happy to work with you to focus on minimizing the pain caused by that disease and to make your pet’s final weeks or months comfortable.