Motion sickness doesn't just affect humans, but can also be a problem for our animal companions. Although the easy answer to the problem is "don't take your pet for rides in the car," it's not alw ...View Article
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Cold Laser Therapy Now Available
Advanced pain relief is now available using the K-Laser or Cold Laser Therapy. This therapy is a drug-free pain-free non-surgical treatment option for osteoarthritis and joint pain, sprains and muscle strains, tendon and ligament injuries, post-surgical pain, and rehabilitation.
K-Laser treatments are cumulative in nature and the number of treatments needed will vary with your pet's condition. Some patients may experience improvement after one treatment, but generally 3-6 treatments are need to achieve reduction of inflammation and pain. Cold laser therapy increases circulation in the injured area increasing the levels of oxygen, water, and nutrients in the affected area. This promotes a healing environment that reduces inflammation, swellling, muscle spasms, and pain.
There is no pain during the treatment; some patients sense a mild soothing warmth or tingling of the treated area. Occasionally, pets with chronic injuries may experience an increase in sensitivity in the treated area as the metabolic activity of the area is increased, but this is temporary and occurs as the healing response begins and this sensitivity subsides. Cold laser has been in practice in the US since 2002 and is widely used in human and pet physcial therapy to treat inflammation and pain and promote healing.
We are very proud to now offer this therapy option to our patients. We're excited to have a drug-free pain-free therapy in our arsenal of tools to help relieve the pain our patients with arthritis and other injuries experience. We're confident we can help improve the quality of life for many of our patients suffering from arthritis pain. During April we're offering an introductory special of 15% OFF the cost of a 6 treatment package. Please call our office for additional information.
Spaying and Neutering Your Pet
Spaying (females) and neutering (males) pets is a common practice in the United States. With so many animals in the United States (and around the world) needing homes, spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible way to help end pet homelessness.
Spaying and neutering is done under anesthesia. Spaying involves removing the female's reproductive organs. Neutering is the removal of a male's testicles. This way, animals are unable to procreate and have unwanted litters.
The procedure to spay or neuter is quite simple. Pets (depending on age, breed, and current health concerns) will go home the same day as their procedure, but will need restricted activity during the healing process.
A few pets may experience discomfort for a few days, but many pets go back to being their happy, playful selves in a few days. Since many pets don't show us they are in pain, and your pet may have some pain or discomfort, we will prescribe medication to help reduce their discomfort and aid healing.
While some pet owners feel they have a duty to breed their pet because they are purebred, this is not the case. An estimated 25% of all animals turned over to shelters and rescues are purebred animals. Many animal rescues dedicate themselves to rescuing one specific breed because of the number of purebred animals needing homes.
Other pet owners worry about their pet's health after having them fixed. Old wives tales exist about pets gaining weight after being fixed, or them not being as affectionate. Neither of these beliefs is true. Pets do not gain weight because they are fixed. Pets gain weight because of diet and lack of exercise. Pets that are spayed or neutered are just as affectionate after being fixed, as they were before.
The benefits of spaying and neutering:
While spaying or neutering your pet is a big decision, take into consideration your pet's health, the overpopulation of pets currently, and what you would do with an unwanted litter of puppies or kittens. To do our part in reducing the number of needless deaths of unwanted dogs and cats each year, during April we're offering 15% OFF spay and neuter procedures. If you are still unsure about spaying or neutering, please contact us to discuss the topic further.