When your pet is in pain, you want nothing more than to make him or her feel better as quickly as possible. It can be difficult to see our furry friends in pain – they become lethargic, apathetic, and can lose their zest for life. But you may be hesitant to resort to pain medications, which can have scary side effects that are sometimes worse than the pain itself.
Integrative medicine is a growing field in the veterinary world, and has as much relevance for animals as it does for humans. Integrative treatment plans combine “traditional” treatment modalities, such as pharmaceuticals, with alternative and complementary methods such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and nutrition counseling.
The ideal pain management plan for your pets can vary based on a number of factors. You want to consider your pets’ lifestyle and energy levels, as well as their overall health. At the very root of it all, there are three key factors to pain management, according to Dr. Rob Butler, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT:
- Maintaining an ideal body weight
- Getting enough physical activity to maintain muscle mass and joint mobility
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
As Dr. Butler explains, “Without an emphasis on the above three factors, optimal results are unlikely with additional treatment strategies. For obese pets, weight reduction may have the most significant effect on chronic pain by reducing the level of systemic inflammatory mediators and reducing the load on individual joints and associated tissues.”
These three basic elements can be agreed upon by both conventional and integrative practitioners. But what if these aren’t enough? What about additional measures to treat your pet’s pain? It’s an especially important topic today, since veterinarians now have new guidelines for reducing opioid use in animals. Published by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain, the new guidelines encourage “nonpharmacological methods, including complementary therapies such as acupuncture and physical therapy.”
In addition to those therapies, another powerful tool for the treatment of animal pain is Alpha-Stim®. Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared medical device that safely, effectively, and quickly treats acute, post-traumatic, and chronic pain in animals. In a modality known as microcurrent electrical therapy (MET), two handheld Smart Probes deliver a microcurrent of electricity directly to the site of your animal’s pain. Treatments are easy, painless, and done in the comfort of your home, yet results are long lasting and often immediate. Alpha-Stim also treats the anxiety and depression that can often accompany pain, via cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES.) By treating both the body and the brain, Alpha-Stim helps your pets feel their very best.
Since Alpha-Stim is not a drug, it is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities, making it a perfect element of any integrative pain management plan. There is no risk of overuse with Alpha-Stim; you can treat your pets as often as they need it. However, results with Alpha-Stim are cumulative over time: the more you use it, the better your pets will feel, and the fewer treatments they’ll need. Alpha-Stim is backed by more than 100 independent research studies and has decades of experience improving the lives of animals and humans alike.
Dr. Ava Frick, Integrative Veterinarian and Veterinary Medical Director for Electromedical Products International, Inc., relies on Alpha-Stim after years of impressive results, and has incorporated the device into her everyday practice. She has used Alpha-Stim to save the lives of countless animals who may otherwise have been put to sleep due to their pain. Says Dr. Frick, “If I was told I could only have one thing to save the most lives, it would definitely be Alpha-Stim, because I’ve seen so many miracles, and they continue to happen.”
If you are looking for a holistic pain management plan for your pets, it’s important to know that you have options. You don’t have to accept the risk of scary side effects in your pets in an attempt to relieve their pain. With Alpha-Stim, your pets can live their best life again. Why wait another day? Get started today.
About Alpha-Stim® For Animals
Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of an animal’s discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. It is the most popular medical device used at home in the treatment and elimination of pain, anxiety, and stress-related disorders in animals. Alpha-Stim is recommended and relied upon by Dr. Ava Frick, the leading authority in veterinary microcurrent therapy.
Alpha-Stim is easy to use at home or in clinic, and treatments last mere minutes. Relief is long lasting and often immediate, and results are cumulative – unlike with medications, your patients will require fewer and fewer treatments over time. Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. To offer Alpha-Stim therapy at your veterinary practice, click here to buy now!