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Posted on 05-20-2016
We are so fortunate to live in an age of advanced medicine and surgery in both human and veterinary medicine. We are all too young to remember the days before penicillin was discovered, or before life saving surgeries had been invented. We often take for granted the availability of things like antibiotics for an infection, or pain control to relieve our suffering. But what do we do when these things don’t work, or maybe just don’t work well enough? Some of us try to avoid medications, and don’t want our pets to take them either. We all know that some medications can come with side effects. This is where complementary therapy can make the difference- bridging the gap between disease and health.
Cold laser therapy has had enormous advances in recent years. We now use laser therapy to treat a multitude of issues, from acute wound healing to chronic arthritis pain. Laser therapy works to increase cell metabolism, thereby accelerating healing, decreasing inflammation, and decreased pain. We are seeing amazing results. Recently a cat was hit by a car and sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed on the left hind limb. After two weeks of laser therapy, range of motion physical therapy, and acupuncture he is walking again. Traditionally this kind of recovery can takes months, if achieved at all. Post-operative pain can also be significantly minimized with a combination of pain control medication and laser therapy in synergy. In as little as six ten-minute sessions, we see amazing results.
Acupuncture can be defined as the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body to help the body heal itself. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat a multitude of ailments. Acupuncture can also be used as preventative medicine. Clinical research has shown positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.
Your family veterinarian can determine if these treatments are right for your pet. Choose a practice that offers these therapies in addition to a high standard of care in traditional western medicine for the best possible outcome for your beloved pets.
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