Posted by The San Francisco Dog Walker
For years, people have recommended acupuncture treatments for healing arthritis in dogs. These treatments are very expensive and it is difficult to get the dogs to stay still for the needle insertions. Now vets are suggesting laser therapy over acupuncture because it is less invasive and easier on the dogs. No pain, no needles, and it works!!
Called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, these laser therapies are being touted as one of the best ways to treat dogs with arthritis. It may be just the miracle your dog needs to regain mobility again! Ask your vet about it.
One of mySan Francisco clients tried laser therapy on her Labrador Retriever. It took 7 sessions before any signs of improvement, but then, like magic, it kicked in and really seemed to work. She now needs to go back for repeat sessions, but it has been about a year before needing more treatments. And if you are worried about the cost, go read my blog on why you must have pet insurance! (hint: they pay for it!!)
Physical therapy and keeping your pet at a lean, healthy weight will also help to alleviate arthritis symptoms. An overweight dog with arthritis can have noticeable improvement in symptoms after losing just a small amount of weight. And pets need to move their bodies more, not less, as they age. So get them to the park for a brisk walk.
One of my clients is using DASUQUIN soft chews as a joint health supplement, which was recommended by her vet. You can purchase it at Amazon and have them deliver it right to your door. How easy is that!