Pain Relief for Dogs and Cats

pain relief for dogs in fairfax, va

Is your pet having difficulty recovering from an injury? Are they slow to get up in the morning due to arthritis? While our pets may instinctively conceal their pain, that doesn’t mean it isn’t severely affecting their quality of life. As your best friend and family member, your pet deserves to be comfortable and active for as long as possible. At Town & Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax, we’ll work with you and your pet to provide the most effective pain relief for dogs and cats.

Along with medications and supplements, we offer pet laser therapy and acupuncture as alternative options for alleviating your pet’s discomfort. These treatments can be used in conjunction with medication for the best results.

Pet Laser Therapy

If you’re looking for a painless, drug-free, non-invasive pain management option for your four-legged friend, pet laser therapy is one such option. The therapeutic laser transmits light particles at varying frequencies through a handheld device that is gently massaged over pain points on your pet’s body. The laser light is completely safe, causing no damage to surrounding tissues. The light particles penetrate the affected areas and boost cell production, reducing pain and inflammation and accelerating healing. Laser therapy can treat the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic otitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Wounds
  • Hot spots
  • Incision sites
  • Gingivitis
  • …and more
dog undergoing laser therapy treatment

Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture for pets may seem a little strange, but it has been proven effective in decreasing pain and other symptoms associated with acute and chronic conditions. Pet acupuncture is essentially no different from human acupuncture. Very small needles are used to penetrate certain points on the body known as “acupoints,” points that can be stimulated to produce a healing effect. Acupuncture can be used to help treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Seizures
  • Hyper- and hypothyroidism
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Facial and radial nerve paralysis
  • Cushing’s disease

Signs Your Pet is in Pain

Routine wellness exams are extremely important, especially for senior pets, because they allow us the opportunity to inquire about abnormal behaviors and target potential problems. As our pets get older, they become more prone to arthritis and other debilitating conditions. Since your companion can’t tell you when they’re hurting, you need to check for one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty standing/walking/jumping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Limping
  • Decreased activity
  • Shaking
  • Panting
  • Vocalization
  • Excessive drooling
  • Licking excessively at certain areas
  • Pawing at mouth/face
dog under a blanket

How to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

There are a number of giveaways that your pet is uncomfortable and in need of medical attention. These include:

  • Limping
  • Shaking
  • Panting
  • Difficulty standing/walking/jumping
  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Licking certain areas excessively
  • Cowering/hiding

If you observe any of these signs in your pet, let us know right away so we can set up an appointment and develop a pain management plan that meets all of their needs. Call us today at (703) 273-2110.