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Alternative therapies worth exploring for your sore or senior dog

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Most of us would do just about anything to make our pets feel better, especially those older dogs who just seem to ache all the time. Luckily, advances in veterinary science make it easier than ever to control pain and discomfort and promote healing.

But sometimes, our dogs, senior or otherwise, need just a little extra boost to get them over the hump and keep them in tip-top shape. If you’re looking for something to supplement your dog’s current treatment plan, the complementary therapies below may be just the thing to put some pep back in their step.

Remember, no therapy will work for every animal so you may need to experiment a little to discover which one provides the best results for your pet. Always consult your veterinarian before attempting these or any new therapies. Finally, be sure to hire a licensed professional with good references, and keep your regular veterinarian informed and updated on your dog’s progress.

The Chinese people have been practicing acupuncture for more than 3,000 years. Fine needles are inserted along certain “acupuncture points” on your dog’s body. Mild electro stimulation may also be used to enhance the effects. Although your pup may look like a pincushion, the needles rarely cause anything but mild discomfort. Many animals don’t even notice them!

Acupuncture works by stimulating the release of the body’s own pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory hormones and chemicals, and increasing blood flow. It can be useful for a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal, skin, respiratory, or digestive problems

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Canine Massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Not only is it relaxing, it can soothe sore muscles, help heal injuries and relieve anxiety. If it works so well for us humans, it’s probably no surprise that pets seem to receive the same types of benefits.

As with human massage, a canine massage therapist will use their hands to manipulate your dog’s soft tissue. This can help with post-injury rehabilitation, cramps, spasms, circulation issues, and soft tissue strains.

Laser Therapy
When we think of lasers, we often imagine something hot. But a Class IV or Cold Laser is actually cool to the touch. This non-invasive procedure works by using light to stimulate cells, increase blood circulation, release endorphins and decrease nerve sensitivity.

There are no known risks of laser therapy treatment, and many dogs find the procedure very relaxing. It can be used to address a variety of conditions including surgical incisions, wounds, ligament or tissue injuries, arthritis and nerve injury.

Keep in mind that while animals aren’t prone to the “placebo effects” of their treatments, their owners may see improvement simply because they want so badly for it to help.

The Voyce Health Monitor takes away the guesswork by letting pet parents track important key indicators like activity level, heart rate, respiratory rate and quality of rest. No more wondering if the therapy is working. A simple glance at your dog’s trends will give you the data-driven insight you need to make the best healthcare decisions for your pet.


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Posted on May 20, 2016 by ostanfield Health