Pain Management & Healing in Charlotte, NC
Pain, whether due to an acute or chronic health problem, can greatly limit your pet’s activity and decrease their quality of life. What’s more, it can lead to other issues, making treatment and recovery more challenging. At Steele Creek Animal Hospital, we are able to offer a broad range of healing and pain relief options for dogs and cats, including laser therapy, acupuncture, regenerative medicine, herbal medicine, and more. We also offer behavioral and nutritional counseling to help resolve any issues at home and increase their quality of life and well-being.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that stimulates certain points on the body with fine, thin needles. These points are located in areas dense with capillary beds, nerve endings, mast cells, and lymphatic vessels. Acupuncture helps release natural pain-killing hormones to stimulate the immune system, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and relieve pain. With it, we can treat:
- Osteoarthritis (chronic joint pain)
- Muscle, ligament, or joint injury
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Seizures and nerve injuries
- Chronic infections, non-healing wounds/granulomas
- Some heart, kidney, and endocrine diseases
Laser therapy uses light energy to stimulate healing and reduce pain. Once absorbed, laser photons increase energy production and metabolic function at the cellular level, which helps reduce tissue swelling, improve circulation, stimulate the immune system, and increase tendon strength and mobility.
Laser therapy can treat:
- Acute or chronic joint pain and intervertebral disc disease
- Ligament or muscle strain
- Nerve injury
- Wounds, burns, hotspots and granulomas
- Ear infections
- Post-operative tissues and incisions
Regenerative medicine uses the body’s own natural substances to heal tissue damage. We currently offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a treatment in which we harvest a plasma sample from the patient. This plasma contains a high concentration of blood platelets, which in turn contain many beneficial growth factors to help repair damaged tendons and ligaments. PRP treatment has also shown promise in the improvement of osteoarthritic joints.
We offer VersaTron4Paws shock wave healing technology to heal injured tissues, reduce lameness, increase mobility, and relieve pain in pets. Shock waves are high-energy sound waves that harmlessly penetrate the soft tissue at a specific depth. We typically use shock wave therapy to treat:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Back pain
- Chronic wounds
- Shoulder lameness
- Bone fractures
Herbs contain many active therapeutic properties, and have been developed to improve immune system function, strengthen the body, and support specific organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. The age, condition, and prior treatment history of a pet will determine the type of herbal treatment they receive. Herbs can have adverse side effects and interfere with the positive effects of some traditional medications. Therefore, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian to find the proper formulation for your pet.
Proper nutrition is an essential factor in your pet’s lifelong health and wellness. At Steele Creek Animal Hospital, we offer:
- Advice on dietary changes that will benefit your pet as they age, or alter their lifestyle and activity level
- Hair, skin, and joint supplements
- Weight management options, including exercise regimens, to prevent obesity
- Natural/herbal supplements and probiotics
- Diet management (prescription diets or homemade diets) for pets with diet-related medical conditions
If your pet has behavioral problems, this could hurt their relationship with you and other pets. We can help you manage and improve your pet’s behaviors so they can live a happier life with you by providing counseling for many common problems, such as:
- House training issues
- Storm phobias and fear aggression
- Inappropriate urinating/defecating
- Digging, chewing, and scratching
For extreme issues we may choose to refer your pet to a skilled trainer in our area, or a board-certified behaviorist.
As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medication, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.
Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medication is an important aspect of our veterinary practice. Our on-site pharmacy stocks routine outpatient medications as well as medications used to care for hospital and surgical patients.
Please remember to always follow the complete label instructions when administering medications to your pet.