Cold Laser Therapy Treatment for Pets with Osteoarthritis

As our pets age, the tissues lining the bones and joints may deteriorate and degenerate causing pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis (OA), is common in larger breed dogs but small breeds can be susceptible too depending on their stature. Dogs that are carrying excessive weight or are obese are also at greater risk.  The older the pet, the more likely he/she will have OA as well.  Pets with OA can have symptoms that fluctuate with weather, just like people.

Even cats can be affected.  Much more so than people realize.     

Signs to look for:

  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to move
  • Limping
  • Aggressive or defensive reactions to touch 
  • Unusual barking
  • Uncharacteristic hiding

How to Make Your Pet Feel Better

  • Be sure your pet has a soft, comfortable place to sleep
  • Provide gentle and regular exercise-fresh air, sunlight, green grass, blue sky do wonders for people and pets
  • Weight Loss (any weight loss, even in pets of ideal weight will help)
  • Avoid slick surfaces-pets with OA are stiff and creaky and prone to slip on tile, hardwood floors, etc.   

Relieve Pain and Inflammation – How?

NSAIDS and supplements such as Glucosomine/Condrointin and Omega Fatty Acids

* Cold Laser Treatment (available only at our Preston Road location) can be added to any of the above treatment plans or used as a stand alone treatment.  

Click the link below to learn more about the benefits of laser therapy treatment:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/laser-therapy-staves-off-pets-arthritis/story?id=12974694#.Tyw1eMUeO2I

 

Arthritis most often occurs in the  knee, elbow, wrist, hip, & spine.

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