Caring for the pets we love is about more than just providing food, shelter, vaccinations and love. While that’s a good start, long-term health and well-being may also include advanced therapies previously reserved for humans that have also been shown to be effective in helping our companion animals. Veterinary chiropractic is one of those.
Just as in people, this growing field of animal health care focuses on the restoration and preservation of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. It is a non-surgical, drug-free option for correcting bone, disc, and soft-tissue disorders as they relate to spinal configuration and movement. Veterinary chiropractic can benefit pets with both acute injuries and chronic conditions, such as:
- Osteoarthritis (Arthritis)
- Pain associated with hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc)
- Idiopathic lameness
- Weakness in a leg
- Urinary incontinence
- Sports injuries
- Other neurological conditions
Chiropractic is not limited to an injured or sick pet—this therapy can assist healthy and athletic animals as well, to help them maintain proper structural alignment. Other benefits can also include healthier metabolism and improved immune function. However, it’s important to note that chiropractic is not intended as primary health care or as a replacement for veterinary medicine.
If you think your pet might benefit from chiropractic, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule a consultation at (541) 688-5521.
Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive and drug-free therapy 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, your companion will benefit from this revolutionary new approach to pain management.
How It Works
Laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cells, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue to promote healing by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation also releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones and enhances the body’s ability to heal itself.
Treatments are a safe and relaxing experience for pets, and many actually fall asleep during the session! The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with most patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses, although exactly how many your pet may need will depend upon the type and severity of the condition being treated. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.
Conditions improved with laser therapy:
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
Laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative treatments. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine. Therapy laser can also be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by our veterinarians.
If you would like to know more about laser therapy and if it could benefit your pet, contact us at (541) 688-5521.