When your beloved canine companion experiences chronic pain, it can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life. Today, our Villa Rica vets discuss chronic pain in dogs and how you can help manage your pet's pain.
Chronic Pain in Dogs
We always love and care for our canine companions as though they were one of our own human family members. And while we can do a pretty good job at it, there may be conditions that we just can't prevent. Chronic pain is one such condition. It not only causes your dog pain, but can also drastically reduce their quality of life.
Causes of Chronic Pain in Dogs
When dogs experience chronic pain, the most common cause is Osteoarthritis. In fact, it can affect approximately 40% of dogs. Some of the contributing factors for osteoarthritis include hereditary and other congenital factors, which can affect dogs of all ages and breeds.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain in Dogs
If you’re concerned that your dog might suffer from chronic pain, then you’ll want to note any signs and symptoms that you see and bring them to our Villa Rica clinic for a full examination to rule out any other possible causes.
Your vet may utilize the following pain assessment methods to diagnose your dog's condition:
- Veterinary examination
- Physiologic biomarkers
- Objective measurements of gait (eg, force plate) and/or activity and movement (eg, accelerometer)
- Owner assessment of activities of daily living (ADL)
- Multifactorial clinical measurement instruments.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Chronic Pain in Dogs
Veterinary laser therapy is a fairly new method of treatment for symptoms related to various disorders and is most commonly used to help manage pain, inflammation, and wound healing for your pet.
Therapeutic lasers use light waves of a specific wavelength to alter the physiology of the affected tissues. The light emitted by these lasers throughout treatment will help to stimulate the cells within the tissues and allows for faster cellular regeneration.
The wavelength of the laser used will determine the tissue the laser can affect. Most commonly used lasers emit near-infrared light, and the use of lower wavelength lasers is becoming more common. Low-wavelength lasers are used to treat areas near and involving the skin while higher-wavelength lasers can focus on deep tissue repair.
Speak to your vet if you would like to learn more about how your dog may benefit from veterinary laser therapy.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.