Senior Pet Care: Pain Management

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis and myelopathy frequently affect senior pets, but thankfully there are a number of approaches to treating and managing your pet’s pain. Pain management includes both pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical options and can provide relief, as well as help your pet with general physical fitness, which is especially important in aging animals.

Below are some of the services that we offer at our Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Centers at both AMCMA locations:

Underwater Treadmill - Utilizing the therapeutic properties of water, this is a safe method for rehabilitation after injury and improving body condition.

Rehabilitation - Therapist-assisted and condition-specific exercises can improve limb use, balance, and strength, as well as manual therapy including range of motion, stretching, and massage.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy - A patient’s own blood cells are processed and injected back into the specific joints where arthritis is occurring. The high concentration of growth factors and healing proteins helps reverse the joint damage and aids the body in restoring healthy joint tissue.

Class IV Laser Therapy - Laser therapy targets specific body areas to relieve pain and inflammation, stimulate tissue regeneration, and helps the body release endorphins to fight pain naturally.

Nutrition Counselling - Obesity is the number one pet health problem encountered today. Not only does extra weight stress joints and ligaments, but fat tissue promotes inflammatory conditions inside the pet’s body.

Chiropractic Care - A pet experiencing pain from an injury or condition may benefit from adjustments that target specific areas of the body. These adjustments can help the nervous system to function better, allowing the body to heal.

Your veterinarian will be able to make specific recommendations for which methods of treatment and therapy are best for your pet’s individual needs. If you are interested in pain management for your pet, please visit https://amcma.org/services/pain-management and fill out the pain questionnaire, and AMCMA will contact you to schedule an appointment!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.