Laser Therapy and Pain Management
Pain management is of paramount importance in the well being of your pet. Whether it be a surgical procedure or symptoms of arthritis, it is only ethical that we should provide excellent pain management. Thankfully, the days of accepting – or even promoting pains as a way to keep patients quiet during a recovery period, is fast becoming a thing of the past.
Providing appropriate pain management is a responsibility that all veterinarians share. It is not only morally and ethically the right thing to do, but also speeds up recovery times and minimizes complications.
Laser therapy is a non invasive, pain free treatment that uses light to penetrate deeply into tissue, affecting the production endorphins, thereby relieving pain, reducing inflammation, decreasing swelling and increasing healing time. Your pet received 2 laser therapy treatments during their stay with us.
Chondroprotectants: (Injectable, regulated and tested by the FDA, Health Canada, such as Cartrophen, Adequan) have been clinically proven to: increase joint production (lubrication in the joint); stimulate production of new cartilage; decrease joint inflammation; decrease pain. These treatments are considered to be extremely effective, easy to administer (given under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades on a weekly basis for up to four weeks and then topped up with one injection every 2 to 3 months), and very safe. No recognized negative side effects beyond allergic reactions which are considered extremely rare.
Cartrophen Injections are included as part of our post-surgical treatment process. Your pet will receive from 2-4 treatments, depending on the surgery.
Cartrophen is an effective treatment for post surgical arthritis. Discuss your options with your veterinarian for future treatments.
Supplements / Nutraceuticals: Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to be HIGHLY EFFECTIVE at decreasing joint inflammation (joint inflammation results in pain, progression of arthritis and damage to joint structures, including the CCLs). Glucosamine/Chondroitin: While anecdotal reports indicate that these products may be beneficial, human as well as animal studies have not supported these claims. These products are NOT regulated by the FDA or Health Canada and many manufacturers’ labels claims have been proven to be fraudulent.