Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

At Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, we have been helping pets in Des Moines find relief from pain for many years. Whether your pet’s discomfort is due to an injury, aging issues, or an illness, we are ready to assist you. If your pet has been down and out lately, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) may be just the solution you have been looking for. Following are the answers to some questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding ESWT.

Does the Therapy Hurt My Pet?

No. The process will begin by using the smallest amount of shock waves possible. The point is to apply a level that makes your pet turn its head, but no stronger than that. Many pets feel nothing at all during the procedure. If your pet is unable to remain calm during the procedure, your pet may need to be sedated. However, the therapy is not painful for your furry pal and most pets just enjoy the attention as our vet spends time with it.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Each treatment lasts for roughly 20 minutes. Several sessions will likely be necessary for your pet to experience the full range of benefits associated with Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. The waves improve circulation, enhancing the natural ability of your pet’s body to repair itself.

How Will I Know When It Works?

You will see your pet's mobility and energy return as the treatment progresses. The treatment should work increasingly well as time goes on because the body learns to understand where to heal through the process. 

What Pets Can Receive This Treatment?

Cats and dogs both benefit from Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. It is well researched and effective for improving circulation and supporting your pet’s recovery process. When you first visit our office, our veterinarian will assess your pet’s condition to determine whether or not ESWT will meet your pet’s needs.

Contact Our Vet in Des Moines for Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

At Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, we have been providing pet owners in Des Moines with reliable pet rehabilitation services for many years. ESWT is just one of the many options at our vet’s disposal. Over time, this therapy will reduce your pet’s pain, restore your pet’s mobility, and improve your pet’s ability to recover from injury. Call us today at (515) 575-9655 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. 

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