Pain Management & Laser Therapy

Our goal at Susquehanna Trail Animal Hospital is to keep pets well through a proactive approach to health and wellness. In doing so, there are some instances where elective surgery, injury or inevitable osteoarthritis may lead to pain and discomfort. Not only are we morally and ethically obligated to alleviate this condition, but physiologically it makes sense in order to expedite healing. Pain is known to cause stress and elevated cortisol levels (stress hormone), this results in delayed healing and increased risk of infection. At Susquehanna Trail Animal Hospital we strive to utilize a multimodal approach to pain management. We want to ensure that our patients make a safe and timely recovery from every ailment or age related condition.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns about pain management and how we can improve your pet’s quality of life.

Laser Therapy

Therapeutic laser is currently being used to successfully treat chronic pain and other inflammatory conditions in human chiropractics. Light energy is used to warm deeper tissues increasing regional blood flow, decreasing inflammation and to promote healing. The process is painless and can be done in the absence of anesthesia or sedation. A treatment typically takes 5–10 minutes, but can vary depending on the number of areas to treat and the nature of the pain. We often encourage you to stay with your pet during the therapeutic laser treatment to decrease your pet’s anxiety.

Therapy lasers have been used not only to treat conditions such as chronic joint pain and acute soft tissue injuries, but also to expedite post operative healing.