Is your dog not getting up and down as fast as he/she use to? Have you noticed your cat can’t jump as high as he/she used to jump? Is your dog recovering from an orthopedic or neurologic surgery? Are you having trouble walking those extra pounds off your four-legged friend?
Rehab can be used as an exercise program for the obese, arthritis, or geriatric patient. It is a conditioning therapy to help service animals or athletes improve cardiorespiratory fitness, or post-operatively to speed healing and improve function.
After an initial evaluation, each patient’s therapeutic land exercise program is designed to help them with their disability and meet their needs for recovery while considering your expectations for their future. All patients recover at different speeds. However, the art of therapy is to reduce pain, prevent further injury, improve muscle strength and joint range of motion, increase balance awareness and coordination, and ultimately decrease the recovery period.
When it comes to pain management for your pet, laser therapy creates an optimal healing condition to help get them back on their paws faster. Youngsville Animal Hospital is excited to bring this special technology to you! Laser therapy uses a painless laser to deliver infrared energy to the affected area. This energy causes an increase in circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to that specific area, as well as removing any waste products. In this energized environment, healing is at an optimal state as the inflammation and swelling can be relieved as the cells turn over to allow new growth and regeneration of tissues. Different wavelengths allow the laser to reach different areas of the cell based on depth. For example, at 660 nm, light absorbed can promote cell growth, especially during wound healing and tissue regeneration. In addition to using different wavelengths, different frequencies are also used to target the different types of tissue (bone, fat, soft tissues). Combining frequencies and wavelengths will allow stimulation to a variety of cells within the region to have the best overall effect. The best thing about laser therapy is that it can be used in combination with other treatment forms, so it is another tool in the box for your veterinarian to get your pet feeling their best!
So what conditions can laser be used for?
- Orthopedic problems
- Arthritis, post operatively, soft tissue strain
- Spinal disease (intervertebral disc displacement)
- Post-operative incisions
- Chronic ear infections
- Gingivitis and dental disease
- Much, much more! Ask your Youngsville Animal Hospital team about laser therapy for your pet today!
What should you expect from the treatments? Since laser therapy is not painful, most patients don’t need any restraint or sedation for their laser therapy sessions. Most patients require a series of treatments, occasionally a few times a week in the beginning, depending on the condition being treated. If the condition being treated in your pet is chronic, it may need periodic treatments in addition to the initial sessions, whereas some conditions may only need a couple treatments. You may or may not notice improvement after the first treatment, but the effects are cumulative and will depend on the chronicity of your pet’s specific condition.
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Your pets blood is used to create a concentrated injection of their own platelets and growth factors. The plasma is then injected into the injured joint to reduce pain and improve function or over a nonhealing wound to acupuncture.
Acupuncture for dogs, like acupuncture for humans, is an alternative medical practice that involves inserting very small needles into the skin to stimulate points on the body and produce a healing response. In Chinese medicine, it is used to restore the flow of chi, or energy, throughout the body. In Western medicine, acupuncture is used to stimulate neuronal-hormonal pathways to release hormones that reduce pain & inflammation as well as improve blood flow at the needle site. We use this form of alternative medicine to manage pain associated with arthritis, pain secondary to joint, back, or nerve injury, chronic skin conditions, hormonal imbalances, nausea, diarrhea, or decrease appetite secondary to long term medications or cancer, anxiety, and so much more.