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Chronic Pain Conditions in Dogs

Chronic Pain Conditions in Dogs

Dealing with chronic pain can significantly impact your furry friend's daily life. Our veterinarians in Mooresville have some tips on how to manage and alleviate your dog's chronic pain.

Chronic Pain in Dogs

As pet owners, we strive to treat our furry friends with the same love and care as we do our human family members. Despite our best efforts, certain conditions may be beyond our control. Chronic pain is one such condition that not only causes discomfort to our dogs but also significantly affects their overall well-being.

Causes of Chronic Pain in Dogs

Chronic pain in dogs is often caused by Osteoarthritis, which affects around 40% of them. Hereditary and congenital factors are among the contributing causes of osteoarthritis, affecting dogs of all ages and breeds.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain in Dogs

If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from chronic pain then you will want to note any signs and symptoms that you see and bring them in for a full examination to rule out any other possible causes.

Your vet may use the following methods to assess and diagnose your dog's condition:

  • Veterinary examination
  • Physiologic biomarkers
  • Measuring how your dog moves and walks (e.g., using a force plate or accelerometer)
  • Owner assessment of activities of daily living (ADL)
  • Employing comprehensive clinical measurement tools that consider multiple factors.

Cold Laser Therapy Treatment for Chronic Pain in Dogs

If your pet is suffering from pain, inflammation, or wounds, veterinary cold laser therapy may be a helpful option to consider. This relatively new treatment method uses specific light waves to target affected tissues and promote cellular regeneration.

Different wavelengths of therapeutic lasers can be used to treat different areas of the body. Low-wavelength lasers are commonly used for skin-related issues, while high-wavelength lasers are used for deep tissue repair.

If you're interested in learning more about how your dog can benefit from this treatment, it's a good idea to talk to your veterinarian.

Learn more about Cold Laser Therapy

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.

Are you worried that your dog may be experiencing chronic pain? Contact our Mooresville vets to have your pup diagnosed and treated.

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