All types of pets, including exotic animals, may suffer from pain, inflammation, nerve damage, and chronic discomfort related to injuries or illnesses. Fortunately, many of the same non-invasive, drug-free therapies that work on humans also work on animals. Our veterinary team here at Anderson Exotic Veterinary Care employs two such treatment modalities: acupuncture and cold laser therapy.
Acupuncture: A Natural Form of Pain Relief
Some of the earliest records of acupuncture mention its use on animals such as horses. This technique is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine belief that the life force, Qi, runs through the body via passages called meridians. Healers would place acupuncture needles just beneath the skin at key points along these meridians to reroute and correct problems with this flow, relieving pain and disease. Many modern Western practitioners believe that the needles stimulate nerve pathways and trigger the production of painkilling hormones called endorphins.
Cold Laser Therapy: Accelerated Healing and Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Cold laser therapy represents a state-of-the-art, high-tech approach to natural healing and pain relief. Low-level laser energy passes through the skin to warm and heal the tissues underneath. The energy increases blood flow to injured or inflamed tissues, reducing the inflammation and associated pain. It also raises the production of ATP, a cellular fuel source, allowing tissues to repair themselves faster. Dr. Nathan Anderson may prescribe this therapy for arthritis, muscle strain, nerve damage, fractures, back pain, and other common problems in exotic pets.
What to Expect From These Treatment Sessions
Exotic animals tolerate both acupuncture and cold laser therapy with ease. Neither treatment method requires shaving or other preparations. Acupuncture causes little to no discomfort, despite the presence of the needles. Cold laser therapy may make your pet feel much more comfortable and relaxed almost immediately. In both treatment modalities, multiple sessions may be required to achieve the best results over time.
Our team here at Anderson Exotic Veterinary Care will be happy to answer any of your questions about acupuncture and cold laser therapy for your exotic pet. Contact us today at 800-462-8749.