Providing Multimodal Pet Pain Relief for Dogs and Cats in Carlisle, PA

At Healing Paws Veterinary Care, we take a multimodal approach to pain relief for dogs and cats to ensure the highest level of comfort for your loved one. This includes medication, environmental modifications, supplements, and alternative therapies such as laser therapy and electromagnetic therapy. Our goal is to help you uncover the source of your pet’s pain and put together a solution that best suits their needs. This will help them feel better, but it will also improve their mental well-being and prevent other health issues that might manifest as a result of their discomfort.

Is your pet painful or could they be hiding pain? Let’s help them be more comfortable!

dog receiving pain relief from vet

Is Your Pet Feeling Pain?

It’s important that we evaluate your pet’s condition here at our clinic, but we also need to see how your pet is behaving and getting around at home to accurately assess the problem and determine the best approach to their treatment. Observing your pet at home allows you to see their natural movements and habits and take note of any abnormal changes.

Signs to look for that might indicate acute or chronic pain:

  • Eating less
  • Sleeping more
  • Hiding in a corner or under furniture
  • Showing a reluctance to jump (up onto something or down from something)
  • Needing multiple attempts to jump
  • Avoiding the stairs and other high places
  • Licking at the same spot
  • Vocalizing
  • Clumped, dry, or greasy hair coat
  • Bathroom accidents
  • Behavior changes
  • Isolating from the family
  • Grouchy with other pets or family
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth

Arthritis Pain Management

Cats and dogs suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition that leads to the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints. This causes the bones to rub against each other when your pet moves, leading to significant discomfort. Pets don't cry out to tell us they're in pain. They show us they hurt by slowing down and making adjustments to the way they live their everyday lives. We are dedicated to easing this discomfort as much as possible so your pet can move with minimal pain and enjoy a better quality of life.

Dr. Sands was chosen as a member of the National Zoetis Osteoarthritis Pain Management Speaker board because of her dedication to helping pets with arthritis live more comfortably. Together with the Healing Paws team, she can provide multimodal treatments such as oral medications, injectables like Librela or Solensia, laser therapy, electromagnetic therapy, and more. Our team can also work with you to develop a home care plan to make your pet's day-to-day life easier.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy for Dogs and Cats in Carlisle, PA

When it comes to caring for your cherished companion, you should have as many choices as possible. That’s why we’re pleased to offer cat and dog laser therapy as part of our comprehensive suite of services. Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment that stimulates the body’s natural healing and pain control responses. It can be used as a standalone therapy or as a complement to other treatment methods. Using a small, handheld device, we apply a low-level laser to the area in question, stimulating normal cellular function. This results in faster wound healing and enhanced pain relief. Best of all, there are no harmful side effects.

What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?

  • Decreases swelling from bruising/inflammation
  • Blocks pain by decreasing nerve sensitivity
  • Accelerates tissue repair, cell growth, and nerve function
  • Improves circulation
  • Accelerates healing and reduces scarring

What can Laser Therapy Treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Disc disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury
  • Oral problems and pain
  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Lick granulomas
  • And more

How Many Treatment Sessions Does My Pet Need?

Depending on your loved one’s specific condition, its severity, and other determining factors, treatment strategies will vary. For some patients, positive results can be seen after just one session. Others may require a more long-term strategy to achieve the desired outcome. We will provide you with an individual treatment recommendation once we’ve had the opportunity to evaluate your companion’s situation.

Does your four-legged family member suffer from a chronic medical condition, like arthritis? Has a recent injury or surgery negatively impacted your companion’s lifestyle or quality of life? If so, we invite you to reach out today to learn whether the laser therapy services at Healing Paws Veterinary Care could help.

dog at animal hospital for laser therapy