Pain in Pets
Sometimes we are uncertain whether our pets are hurting. The inability to communicate does not negate the possibility that pets are experiencing pain. Animals may communicate pain in subtle ways that might include changes like being less active or sometimes restless. Some pets may be slower to get up or lie down. Pets may behave more reactive, aggressive, timid or depressed. They may also change their tail carriage, the way they hold their ears or back posture. Physiologically, pain pathways in animals are similar to ours and can cause some unique changes with health if not managed properly. The hidden affects of pain can cause increases blood sugar and blood pressure. Untreated pain increases hormones that suppress the immune system. This results in slow healing and can contribute to infections.
There are new ways to manage pain in pets ranging from new drugs to regenerative stem cell therapy. Non-invasive therapies without side effects like laser and pulsed signal therapy have been FDA approved to treat osteoarthritis. Rehabilitation therapies, used for years with people, can be used to help pets. For example, therapeutic exercise, manual therapies and ultrasound can help a pet heal faster. If our Western, conventional medicine fails or falls short of a good recovery, traditional Chinese veterinary medicine can help through prescribing herbs, special diet, and acupuncture.
Please consider a pain evaluation if you are concerned your pet maybe having early pain symptoms or needs help for a long-term, chronic condition. Most initial visits last 1 hour. I accept all pets in need of help with pain, mobility issues, and alternative care.
Pain Therapies Available:
- Regenerative Stem cell Therapy
- Pulsed-field Electromagnetic Therapy
- ESTIM, NMES
- Healing Touch for Animals
- Pulsed Signal Therapy
- Therapy Laser
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Disease Modifying Agents
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Chiropractic Care and Massage
Dr. Shearer has been in general practice for over 25 years and has an advanced degree as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She will soon complete her advanced degree as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Currently there are only 26 veterinary professionals in the world with this degree.