Pet Acupuncture and Laser Therapy: Alternative Pain Management Modalities
The debilitating effects of pain can be severely detrimental to the overall health of your pet. There are a number of ways to treat pain in dogs and cats, and while medication or surgery might help for some, it is not the only option. At Countryside Veterinary Center, we’re committed to constantly improving our standard of care and utilizing safer, gentler techniques when treating our patients. That’s why we’re happy to offer acupuncture and laser therapy as additional pain management services for pets.
We are also glad to give pet owners the option of choosing a drug-free, non-invasive, painless procedure for their companions, because we know how much their pets mean to them. As pet owners ourselves, we would want only the safest and kindest treatments for our four-legged family members.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy is a method for relieving pain and healing injury that relies on red and near-infrared light beams to repair damaged cells and speed recovery. Cells metabolize the light particles and produce more healthy cells in the areas affected by injury or inflammation. The light beams are emitted through a small handheld device that is gently massaged over the areas in need of treatment.
Laser therapy can treat the following conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lick granulomas
- Acute and chronic otitis
- Hot spots
Acute conditions generally require fewer treatment sessions for results to become apparent, while chronic conditions can take multiple sessions. However, each individual session should only take between 3-8 minutes. Results will vary, and depend on how well your pet responds to their treatment. Some pets respond well to a combination of laser therapy and oral medication.
Acupuncture: Helping the Body Heal Itself
Medical acupuncture involves placing tiny needles at points around the body known as ‘acupoints.’ These acupoints are essentially areas where nerves connect with the muscle. Acupuncture stimulates the endocrine, immune and nervous systems by sending signals to the brain and prompting the release of endorphins, which improves blood circulation and immune system function, reduces pain, and boosts healing.
Conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Neurological conditions
- Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
- Chronic liver and kidney diseases
- Digestive disorders