The Many Forms of Pet Pain Management
Traditionally, pet pain management involves pain medication such as NSAIDs, opioids, and nerve blocks. While we do use these effective forms for pain relief during and after procedures, we also offer some alternatives to give you and your pet some options. Beyond traditional pain meds, we offer pet laser therapy, pet acupuncture, and herbal therapy for pets, too. Alternative pet pain management helps treat a range of conditions including:
- Post-surgical recovery
- Degenerative conditions such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, and hip dysplasia
- Skin conditions and allergies
- Soft tissue injuries or muscle pain
- Autoimmune deficiencies and diseases
- Palliative care for cancer treatment and quality of life management
- Behavioral disorders
- Hormonal disorders
- Internal diseases such as kidney or liver disease
- Gastrointestinal problems
- And more
Acupuncture is one of the oldest therapies for pain management. Founded in ancient China, it involves the placement of very fine needles into specific points in the body that correlate with “meridians” or energy lines. The needles promote natural healing by stimulating the release of the body’s own pain killers and promoting blood circulation to the affected area. To be safe and effective, pet acupuncture should only be performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA). On our staff, we’re lucky to have Dr. Mark as our CVA who works with our acupuncture patients.
Herbal Therapy for Pets
We often use herbal therapy in conjunction with acupuncture. It involves the use of herbs and plants as natural medicines to help treat different conditions. Herbal therapy has a long history and is a common practice in both Eastern and Western cultures. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark if you feel that this approach could benefit your pet.
Contact us today for a pet pain management consultation. We’ll discuss your pet’s options and get them on a path to pain-free living!
Dr. Zeid is very professional and thorough. She took the time to call the next day to check up on Penelope after a concern I had.