The professionals of Animal Care Center and K-9 Rehabilitation take special care to prevent pain where possible and diminish suffering in our pet patients. We employ preventive pain management strategies tailored to the individual needs of your pet.
PAIN MANAGEMENT IMPROVES HEALING & ENHANCES RECOVERY
Studies show that appropriate pain management reduces stress and speeds recovery. Whether your pet is experiencing an acute cause for pain, such as injury, surgery, or dental procedures, or is suffering from a chronic problem, such as arthritis, cancer, or disease, our team takes every step to ensure comfort.
Patients treated with appropriate pain-reducing medications and techniques enjoy a more rapid recovery from illness and an increased healing response after surgery and injury. Preventing and managing pain is the foundation for high quality and compassionate care. Assessment of pain is incorporated into every treatment plan, with strategies to prevent pain in advance when possible and suppress pain both during and after surgical or treatment procedures.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
To demonstrate our commitment to our pet patients, we are members of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). Some of the benefits and values of IVAPM membership include:
- Excellence in animal care;
- Raised standards of care regarding pet pain management;
- Ethical and practical alignment with other professionals; and
- Access to information, research, and data that reflects the most updated recommendations.
Acupuncture & Chiropractic Care
Acupuncture and chiropractic are growing in popularity as accepted forms of complementary, holistic medicine for animals. The Animal Care Center and K-9 Rehabilitation team offer chiropractic care and acupuncture therapy as pain management options for treating a wide range of problems in pets.
USES FOR PET ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is the art of applying thin needles to specific points on the body, creating a therapeutic response to certain diseases and conditions. One of the more popular holistic modalities, acupuncture is used to treat a variety of pet problems including arthritis pain, neurology, metabolic concerns, and spinal difficulties.
HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS
Acupuncture changes the signaling pathways of the body to promote pain relief, healing, and immune system stimulation. Rather than using potentially harmful drugs, acupuncture is one way we help the body to help itself. This therapy is typically used as an adjunct to current treatments and can reduce side effects and minimize the need for some medications.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
Research on conditions such as arthritis in animals has shown that acupuncture has definite pain-relieving effects. Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture on dogs is not painful—indeed, many of our patients happily greet their acupuncturist and fall asleep during treatments.
Arthritis pain is commonly treated with acupuncture and recommended frequently by specialists. Treatment allows painful muscles to relax and curbs pain signals sent from the brain.
ANIMAL CHIROPRACTICE CARE
Chiropractic care is an alternative to drug therapy for suffering pets, and a form of preventative health care for well pets. Treatment works by restoring the joints and spine to normal alignment and function. This alignment helps re-establish the body’s signals through the nervous system, eliminates stress to joints, and corrects displacement of the vertebra for more flexibility and proper movement.
The word “chiropractic” derives from the Greek language and means “to practice with the hands.” Chiropractors use their hands to apply an adjustment, which is a specific and gentle correction, to the affected joint. Most animals enjoy being adjusted and are relaxed during the treatment. After being adjusted, many owners report that their pet takes a nice long nap and then is more energetic and active!
PETS THAT BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC
All animals can benefit from chiropractic care. Common reasons that pets are seen for chiropractic treatments include:
- Sore Pets—Those with symptoms of pain, such as limping, difficulty in climbing or jumping, favoring a leg or side of the body, moaning when attempting to move, and recoiling from touch
- Seniors—Older pets with stiff joints or age-related diseases such as arthritis
- Athletes—Working or competitive animals striving to maintain optimum condition
- Obese pets—Combined with an exercise and nutritional plan, these chiropractic patients are more comfortable while being restored to overall health and mobility
- Post-surgical pets—Combined with therapy and rehabilitation procedures, chiropractic is an effective way to promote a quick and full recovery
- Preventative wellness—Regular chiropractic treatments keep the body biomechanically balanced and the nervous system healthy, which can prevent conditions and injuries from occurring
In addition, certain skin conditions, urinary problems, intestinal issues, and behavioral concerns related to pain may be improved or eliminated through chiropractic care.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals are all candidates for chiropractic care in our clinic. In addition, equine chiropractic treatments may be provided off-site. Please call Dr. Alissa Grover at 801-502‑5593 if you are interested in scheduling an equine chiropractic appointment.
CERTIFIED ANIMAL CHIROPRACTOR
We are pleased to offer this alternative treatment through the services of our certified animal chiropractor, Dr. Alissa Grover. Dr. Grover is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association*. This credential ensures the practitioner meets a specific standard for knowledge, experience, and competence in the field.
*Note: Dr. Grover is a Chiropractic Physician, licensed in the care of humans and certified in the care of animals. She has had extensive training in animal chiropractic. Dr. Grover is not a veterinarian, and does not take responsibility for the primary care of animals. Prior to providing chiropractic treatments, Dr. Grover will contact your pet’s veterinarian to obtain the necessary referral, as required by Utah State Law.
Contact our K-9 Rehabilitation team to find out if acupuncture or chiropractic care will benefit your pet.
Animal Care Center and K-9 Rehabilitation treat patients with the alternative therapeutic option for pets in pain: cold laser therapy. Whether recovering from an injury, surgery, or the results of aging, your animal companion may benefit from this revolutionary approach to veterinary medicine. We offer the only FDA-approved cold laser for treating pain and inflammation in our patients.
LASER THERAPY FOR PETS
Laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation with resulting pain relief. This modality is effective in treating acute pain from chronic conditions and is often used for post-operative pain management after orthopedic surgeries.
Laser therapy actually stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are applied to the injured area and absorbed by the cells. The stimulated cells respond by raising the rate of metabolism. This stimulation increases circulation, an anti-inflammatory reaction, which results in relief from pain and accelerated healing.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. The treatment is safe, painless, and fast: Laser therapy to deep tissue is administered in about 10 minutes. During the treatment, pets seem to relax and even enjoy the process. Any anxiety dissipates and some pets even fall asleep. The rapid relief from pain results in the patient’s relaxation and comfort.
Many patients exhibit improvement after just a few sessions. The treatments initiate a healing process that continues to reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after the session.
Hydrotherapy—the therapeutic use of water—is an alternative treatment for chronic conditions, recovery from injury or surgery, obesity, and fitness training for pets. The Animal Care Center and K-9 Rehabilitation team provides beneficial hydrotherapy, including underwater treadmill and underwater e-stim therapy.
USES FOR HYDROTHERAPY IN PET CARE
As a complement to exercise and medication, hydrotherapy may reduce recovery time after surgery or slow progression of degenerative conditions. As part of a fitness regime, hydrotherapy allows the patient to improve or maintain condition both before surgery and while in rehabilitation.
Spinal injuries that cause impaired motor function may be treated with hydrotherapy, as a complement to surgical repair and medication. This combination of therapies allows the patient to continue exercising while nerve regeneration takes place. Degenerative conditions can make any weight-bearing exercise difficult, but hydrotherapy allows for supported movement in a comfortable and buoyant environment.
Obese patients can safely lose weight and become more fit by exercising in a hydrotherapy pool. Hydrotherapy may be used in building a fitness routine for competitive, hunting, police, and service dogs.
UNDERWATER TREADMILL THERAPY
The underwater treadmill operates in comfortably warm water. The water provides pressure, resistance, and buoyancy during exercise to reduce tension and swelling, strengthen muscles, and ease the impact on joints. This offers the optimum environment for controlled exercise, especially in the case of obese, arthritic, or injured animals and those recovering from orthopedic surgery.
The underwater treadmill is widely used by our rehabilitation specialists to ease the pain of therapeutic exercise. It is also an excellent conditioning treatment for agility dogs, hunters, police dogs, and service animals.
UNDERWATER ELECTRICAL STIMULATION
Underwater electrical stimulation, or e-stim therapy, uses low levels of electrical current to stimulate nerves and muscles. When this therapy is applied in a warm water environment, it reduces pain and inflammation while aiding in developing muscle strength.
Aside from the reduction in pain and inflammation, e-stim therapy helps strengthen muscles and stimulate the nervous system. We frequently apply e-stim therapy after orthopedic surgery.