We love our pets. So of course we want them to live the very best life they can. And as odd as it may sound, acupuncture and K-laser treatments can often help them feel their best – for many reasons.
Some may wonder if acupuncture and K-laser therapy truly make a difference. But acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm and trigger the release of endorphins, and serotonin, which can have long-lasting benefits. And K-laser therapy is very helpful in treating acute and chronic back and neck pain, fractures, tendonitis, strains, post-surgical incisions, arthritis and hip dysplasia, just to name a few ailments.
We talked with Dr. Pat Pagel of Cole Park Veterinary Hospital on the ins and outs of acupuncture – and its results. “We treat older pets referred for acupuncture or laser to address pain issues like arthritis, hip dysplasia or disc disease,” Dr. Pagel says. “Often it is considered by the owner to be a last resort because their beloved pet has stopped responding to traditional western medicines.”
K-laser therapy is another way to relieve pain for pets, especially if they’re recovering from surgery. “Laser is effectively used often for pain relief and wound healing,” she says.
Both acupuncture and K-laser therapies can help pets feel less pain over the course of time. In fact, 85% of acupuncture patients will see an improvement after 6–8 treatments. “After a few treatments,” Dr. Pagel says, “some patients are actually enthusiastic about coming to our hospital – perhaps because they associate feeling better with their visit.”
And seeing healing pets and their happy owners is why Dr. Pagel loves what she does. “When I’m able to help increase not only the lifespan of a pet but also significantly improve the quality of day-to-day living for a pet, it makes me very happy. It’s exciting to see the progress that the patient makes over a few weeks. And it’s an honor to witness the deep gratitude of the pet’s owner(s),” she says.
It’s that love between an owner and their pet that keeps Pagel coming back to work every day. “As a veterinary acupuncturist, I’m able to spend more time with clients and get to see the love between them and their pet,” she says. “I enjoy many aspects of my profession, but this one is by far the most energizing to me.”
And now you can meet Dr. Pat Pagel and some of the other veterinarians from Cole Park Vet at their Community Day, happening April 30th, 2-4 pm, at 55 Woodbridge Drive, near Highway 15-501 in Chapel Hill. This event has everything – from K-9 Unit dogs in action to adorable, adoptable pets from Orange County Animal Shelter. Other participants include the Piedmont Wildlife Center, Vets to Vets United, Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, and Independent Animal Rescue. Attendees will be able to chat with each of these organizations to learn more about how they make a difference in the lives of the animals we love.