Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats

pain relief for dogs in annandale, va

We’re no strangers to aches and pains due to injury, aging, or both, and neither are our pets. Often, chasing squirrels or running wild at the park could end in a torn ligament for your dog, or maybe your 13-year old cat is beginning to feel the effects of osteoarthritis. Whatever the reason for their discomfort, our team at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale can provide pain relief for dogs and cats. We offer both pet laser therapy and acupuncture services to achieve the best results and help your four-legged friend live a more comfortable life. Call us today at (703) 256-8414.

Pet Laser Therapy

Pet laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive procedure that transmits varying doses of light through a handheld device to repair damaged cells. The laser light safely penetrates the soft tissues to produce a healing effect, along with a warm sensation that many pets find soothing. Laser therapy reduces the pain and inflammation associated with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Hot spots
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Chronic otitis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Wounds
  • Surgical incision sites
  • Infections
  • Bone fractures
  • Tooth extractions
  • …and more
dog undergoing laser therapy
orange cat

Pet Acupuncture

While still a relatively new treatment option, pet acupuncture has had some success in treating pets experiencing pain and chronic conditions. Acupuncture involves the use of tiny needles to gently penetrate over a dozen ‘acupoints’ on various parts of the body to stimulate the nervous system and activate pain-associated regions of the brain. This procedure can aid in the treatment of:

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

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 diseases that can cause considerable discomfort. 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

Building a Pain Management Plan

To find out what’s causing your pet’s pain, we need to conduct a thorough physical exam, and may also need to do blood work. Further diagnostics and imaging may also be necessary to evaluate the bones, muscles, and internal organs. Our highest priority is developing the right treatment plan for your loved one so that we can greatly improve their quality of life. If your pet appears to be in pain, please call our animal hospital in Annandale at (703) 256-8414.

veterinarians examining a dog