It’s hard to see our pets in pain. Pets can encounter many different kinds of pain, from acute, postoperative pain to chronic pain caused by conditions like arthritis. All veterinarians at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital stay current on the latest medications and therapies that help keep pets comfortable no matter what ails them.
Is your pet in pain? Ask yourself these questions to help gauge your pet’s comfort level:
- Is your pet being unusually quiet, listless, restless or unresponsive?
- Is your pet whining, whimpering, howling or constantly meowing?
- Have you noticed a change in your pet’s personality and behavior (shorter fuse, biting, etc.)?
- Does your pet constantly lick or chew at a particular part of their body?
- Does your pet keep their ears flat against their head?
- Does your pet have trouble sleeping or eating?
- Is your pet seeking a lot more affection than usual?
- Is your pet unable to get comfortable (constantly changes positions to find the most comfortable position)?
We offer numerous pain-relieving therapies at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital that can help your pet feel more comfortable.
Stem Cell Therapy
Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital was one of the first veterinary hospitals to be trained and credentialed in stem cell therapy, and we remain Dana Point’s premier specialist in stem cell therapy.
Stem cells are among the body’s most useful tools. They can change into various tissues including skin, muscle, bone and nerve, and they can repair vital internal organs like the heart, liver and lungs. At Dana Niguel, we regularly use them to help the body recover from joint, ligament and tendon damage or bone fractures.
There are two distinct types of stem cells: embryonic and somatic. Embryonic cells are found in placentas and developing embryos. Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital does not use them due to ethical sourcing concerns. Instead, we use somatic stem cells. Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital sources somatic stem cells from adipose tissue, also known as fat cells. The harvesting procedure is easy and is even less invasive than common surgical procedures like spaying.
Delta Pulse Therapy
Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital employs innovative therapeutic techniques, including Delta Pulse, a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. PEMF therapy utilizes a magnetic field to accelerate healing of ligaments, tendons, muscles or bone injury by regenerating damaged and diseased tissue. It also improves circulation and reduces swelling. Some of the ailments affecting pets that are very responsive to PEMF therapy include back pain, arthritis and orthopedic and muscle injuries.
The class IV therapeutic laser is an innovative therapy used to treat acute and chronic injuries. This noninvasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area. This is often used to accelerate the healing process following surgery, alleviate joint pain and help treat degenerative diseases.
At Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital, we regularly use laser therapy to treat:
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
Along with producing tissue-repairing collagen and boosting blood flow, cold laser therapy releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.
The process generally takes between five to ten minutes, and the majority of patients see positive effects after three to five treatments. Each treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours.
To learn more about pain management treatments available at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital, give us a call at 949-661-6375.