Laser Therapy For Your Pet

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders.  Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time.  For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary addition to other treatment plans.

 

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment.  The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures,neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

Felix enjoying his laser treatment from Bonnie! Cool goggles you two!

Felix enjoying his laser treatment from Bonnie! Cool goggles you two!

 

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel gentle and soothing warmth.   Are there any side effects?  There are no known side effects with Laser treatment.    You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home.

For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed.  This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation. There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols outlined by your veterinarian.

Laser therapy provides relief for your pet. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe.  Here at Pacific Animal Hospital all pets getting laser treatment will have protective eye wear. The goggles are pretty cool!  The trained technician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement. As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.  Follow your treatment protocols your Dr. outlined for you and your pet.

 

 

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You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition.  Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs. If you have any questions regarding Laser Therapy for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us!

Harriette  is extra cool with her visor and goggles!  Cool goggles indeed!

Harriette is extra cool with her visor and goggles! 

 

 

 

Tips For Your Pets During The Cold Season

 

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Rain, thunder/lightning and cold weather can make our fur babies uneasy, and its best to be prepared for it.  It doesn’t take much to keep our pets safe when things get “frosty”.  When winter’s chill sends you scurrying indoors, and playing outdoors, don’t forget your furry four-footed pals and their simple needs this winter season. Here are a few tips to remember:

Get Out Your Umbrella!  If your furry canine isn’t showing signs of storm anxiety, it’s perfectly all right to get him out in the rain to do his business.

Go outside with your pet. Don your raincoat and take a short walk with your dog. He’ll appreciate the companionship, and a walk is more likely to stimulate defecation than a quick dart into the yard and back.

Reward your pal for doing his business in the rain. A treat or even praise will help reinforce his good behavior.

Help your pet stay as dry as possible. Share your umbrella or find spaces between buildings and bushes that are more protected from the wind and rain.

Think twice about indoor alternatives. While some dogs can be trained to do their business on pee pads, this may confuse your pet. He may then prefer to go indoors — and not always in the appropriate places. When in doubt, opt for the great outdoors. Once you’ve made a successful trip in the rain, towel off your pal and give him lots of praise.  Next time, he may not mind a few raindrops.  If the weather is dangerous you should of course keep your pets indoors. If there is only a little rain, you can use the following helpful tips to get your dog to go outside when nature calls:

Hold an umbrella over your dog if she doesn’t like getting wet

Take your dog to a nearby area that has an overhang or some kind of shelter

Purchase a doggy raincoat and shoes if necessary

Stay outside with your pet until she has done her business

Storm Phobias:  Pets with storm phobias can often sense when bad weather is approaching hours before you even hear the patter of rain on the roof. They may pant, pace around the house and cling to you. As the storm progresses, the signs can worsen:  pets may whine/meow or salivate, have accidents indoors and may hide. It’s not always clear what brings on the fearful behavior. It may be changes in barometric pressure, static electricity, the crack of lightning bolts or just the sound of wind and rain.  Previous bad experiences with storms or loud noises may also contribute to the behavior. If you think that your pet suffers from thunderstorm phobia, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian.  Your Dr. can recommend behavior-modifying techniques to help reduce your pet’s anxiety. There are even special thunder coats for dogs and cats that can help them feel more secure as storms approach. In severe cases, your veterinarian may recommend medications.

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The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.  Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, short-haired dogs and senior pets may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. No matter what the temperature is, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps.

Know the limits:  Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances may have a harder time regulating their body temperature.  The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

Provide choices:  Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options.

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Watch the paws: Paws are one of the most vulnerable areas on our pets. They have exposed skin and they interact with everything: cold, snow, ice and all conditions on the ground as our pets make their ways about. Consider dog booties on especially cold or snowy days. Some dogs may simply not wear them, however, there are other options. You may try petroleum jelly or Bag Balm and lather your pet’s paws and in between their toes. When your playful friends come back inside, keep a towel near the door to wipe off snow or rain from the paws. Follow through with a brisk rub across your frisky feline and happy canine! In snowy conditions, be sure to rub the paws to remove snow and ice balls that can form between the pads and in the paw fur.

If you have any questions or concerns about your fur babies during these cold weather months, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our Dr.’s will be happy to talk to you! Never did we imagine such cold weather in these last few weeks here in Northern San Diego!  Rain, hail, tornados (?!) most definitely will make our pets uneasy.  Now is the time to start thinking of steps we can take to protect our pets as we enter the coldest months of the year!