Relieving Your Pet’s Pain
Pet pain can be excruciating for both pet and owner. While the pet is the one experiencing the agony, it is the owner who deals with the frustration of trying to relieve it. At the Animal Hospital of Rocky Hill, we are sympathetic to both plights, and we feature a pain management program that is designed to help.
Diagnosing the Pain
When dogs and cats are suffering, there are several outward signs that transcend whimpering and crying.
- Excessive panting or gasping for breath
- Reluctance to move
- Pickiness with food
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative you bring him or her to see us as soon as possible. While they are symptoms of pet pain, they can also be signs of a serious and time-sensitive condition. We are a 24-hour hospital, so someone is always here to answer your call. Additionally, do not attempt to treat your pet’s pain with medication meant for humans, as some can be toxic for dogs and cats.
Upon your visit to the Animal Hospital of Rocky Hill, we will begin to diagnose the cause of your pet’s pain. Our veterinary diagnostics center is complete with a full range of blood analyzers and digital X-ray equipment, and our veterinarians are both skillful and compassionate.
Depending on the diagnosis, we feature several forms of pain management:
Our Luminex therapeutic laser is highly effective in treating post-operative pain, wound healing, muscle tears, tendon and ligament tears, arthritis, trauma, and bruising.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of laser light to stimulate biological processes that lead to faster healing and pain relief. Using much less power than surgical lasers, the beneficial effects of therapy lasers come from the stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes. Like plants absorbing sunlight through photosynthesis, the cells in the body absorb laser energy. This stimulates the body to release its own pain-relieving chemical compounds.
Any condition that causes swelling and pain can be treated with the therapeutic laser. Most treatments take from 3 to 8 minutes, and are frequently conducted in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation therapy, such as massage and joint mobilization.
Patients do not need to be sedated or restrained, as your pet will not feel the laser treatment. Human patients will often say they feel a pleasant tingling at the treatment site, but laser therapy causes no heating or burning. Soon after the first treatment, your pet may move with less pain or have a more relaxed stride and better range of motion. Oftentimes, a series of treatments will be necessary, but the healing process begins right away. As a non-invasive treatment, laser therapy has NO side effects.
We feature an in-house pharmacy, stocked with most medications. Compound options are available and prescriptions are filled quickly.
For more information about our pet pain management, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today.