When your beloved canine companion experiences chronic pain, it can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life. Today, our Corpus Christi vets discuss chronic pain in dogs and how you can help manage your pet's pain.
Chronic Pain in Dogs
We always have the intention of loving and caring for our canine companions as if they were a member of our own human family, and while we are capable of doing a pretty good job at it, there are some conditions that we simply cannot prevent. One of these conditions is chronic pain, which not only causes your dog to experience discomfort but also has the potential to significantly diminish their quality of life.
Causes of Chronic Pain in Dogs
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs, and it affects approximately forty percent of all that dogs have. There are a number of factors that can contribute to osteoarthritis, including hereditary and other congenital factors. This condition can affect dogs of any age or breed type.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain in Dogs
If you are concerned that your canine companion may be experiencing chronic pain, you should make a note of any signs and symptoms that you observe and bring them in for a comprehensive examination so that you can rule out any other potential 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.
Laser therapy employs light waves of a particular wavelength in order to bring about a change in the physiology of the tissues that are being treated. During the course of treatment, the light that is emitted by these lasers will assist in stimulating the cells that are present within the tissues, which will allow for a more rapid regeneration of the cells.
Because of the wavelength of the laser that is being used, the tissue that can be affected will be determined. With the use of lower wavelength lasers becoming more common, the lasers that are most commonly used emit light that is near-infrared. Low-wavelength lasers are utilized for the treatment of areas that are close to and involve the skin, whereas higher-wavelength lasers are able to concentrate on the repair of deep tissue.
If you are interested in learning more about the potential benefits of veterinary laser therapy for your dog, you should consult with your veterinarian.
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.