We know how hard it can be to see your pet in pain. While pain medications can provide some temporary relief, they can also cause a number of side effects. Luckily, the team at American Animal Hospital has alternative treatments to help your pet feel better.

Here’s a look at some alternative ways we can help relieve your pet’s pain.

Laser Therapy

At American Animal Hospital, we are proud to own a Class IV which we use many times a day to assist pets’ in decreasing inflammation, resulting in better mobility. Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Cold laser therapy treats the surface of the skin, while hot laser treatments affect deeper tissues. Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing. Although a newer procedure in companion animals, the human medical field has been using hot and cold lasers in humans for over 40 years. Laser therapy has been scientifically proven as a successful tool in treating post-surgical pain, arthritis, spinal compression, sprains, and even muscle tears. Many pet owners ask if the laser is painful or uncomfortable. Click here to learn more.

Acupuncture

At American Animal Hospital, we proudly offer Acupuncture performed by Dr. Brian Voynick. Dr. Brian Voynick has completed rigorous coursework and passed examinations by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturist Association. Acupuncture therapy has been used for over 3000 years on people and has been effectively treating pets of all shapes and sizes for the last few decades. We tailor your pets acupuncture treatment after a comprehensive physical exam, detailed history, and an assessment of neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Click here to learn more.

Regenerative Medicine

Your pet’s own stem cells (or “repair cells”) have been used at American Animal Hospital to treat painful osteoarthritis, kidney and liver disease. Our Director, Brian T Voynick, DVM, who is also an IVAS certified acupuncturist since 1996, was the first veterinarian in the United States to perform autologous (from the same patient) stem cell therapy on dogs. In 2005, “Sedona,” a white German Shepherd, had crippling arthritis affecting her elbow. After her stem cell injection, she was again able to climb stairs, had increased mobility and improved quality of life. Click here to learn more.

If your pet is in pain, please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss treatment methods.

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