Our goal is to reduce patient pain to a minimum. We do this by managing pain at a variety of levels, using medication, exercise and supplements to maximize our efforts.

Weight Control

Multimodal Pet Joint Pain in EtobicokeThere are 12 major joints in your pet’s body. Shedding those extra pounds will reduce the amount of physical stress on these joints. We are able to create a weight loss program unique to your pet’s body using specific metabolic requirements. This program is customized and, if necessary, adjusted every 30 days. It also comes with a complementary nursing appointment.

Regular Exercise

It is recommended that your pet gets 20 to 60 minutes of controlled leash walking daily.

Chondroprotectants (Glucosamine)

These are nutritional supplements that help to maintain healthy joints by preserving joint cartilage that may be damaged by the arthritic process.

Omega-3 Fatty-Acid-Rich Diets

These are foods that are developed specifically for pets with joint issues. They are rich is omega-3 fatty acids as these are natural agents that help reduce pain and swelling within arthritic joints.

Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation: There are several techniques that doctors use. For example - acupuncture, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation), and a warm water whirlpool. At our veterinary hospital, we use Class IV Laser Therapy. For more information regarding this treatment, please visit: www.k-laserusa.com/your-k-laser/animal-veterinary

Stem Cell Therapy

This is a fascinating new procedure that helps pets with severe joint pain. For more information, please visit: www.vet-stem.com

Medical Analgesia

It is essential to first recognize the problem and subsequently manage the chronic pain in your pet’s joints. Medical Analgesia is a general term which we are using to refer to all of the medications used to treat pain. They are grouped based on the way they work and affect the body. Rehabilitation will not be entirely effective unless we first manage pain. We begin the maintenance with an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) and then may also use a different type of pain control medication called Gabapentin. Tramadol is another form of pain control, given when your pet experiences acute “bursts of pain” or if your pet experiences chronic pain post surgery.