Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

How TENS Can Help Your Pet

Transcutaneous electrical stimulation, better known as TENS, delivers very mild electrical stimulation to help relieve pain. People have used these units for decades. However, TENS has recently grown in popularity in veterinary care. TENS can help pets suffering from arthritis and other conditions. That’s why at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy in Des Moines, we offer TENS to help animals maintain their overall health and wellness.

How TENS Works

A TENS unit works by producing a low electrical current through the skin. The nerves under the skin are then stimulated. The electrical currents produced by TENS help lower nerve impulses that send pain signals to the brain. TENS also makes the pet’s body release endorphins, helping to ease tension throughout the body.

Are There Any Side Effects?

When used correctly, there are very few to no side effects from TENS. Before using TENS, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your pet’s medical history and current health to determine if this treatment is right for him or her.

Does TENS Replace Medications?

TENS units do not replace medication, but they may help to reduce the amount of painkillers a pet needs to take. Some pets have problems tolerating painkillers, making TENS an effective alternative for their situations.

What Is a Session Like?

Sessions tend to last about ten minutes to half an hour. Your pet will not need any sedation or anesthesia. Many pets enjoy their TENS sessions, since it provides pain relief and releases endorphins.

Placing Electrode Pads

The soft electrode pads help deliver the therapeutic electrical currents. However, too much hair can block this transmission. Sometimes, the pet might need to have small patches of hair shaved in order for the TENS unit to work properly. At your pet’s consultation, we can determine whether or not shaving is needed for the treatment.

Contact Us for TENS Therapy For Your Pet in Des Moines

If you still have questions about transcutaneous electrical stimulation units and how this treatment can help your pet, contact our team at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing the care your pet needs to live a long and healthy life. Regardless of the condition your animal is suffering from, our veterinarians will work with him or her every step of the way.  Call us today at (515) 575-9655 to schedule your pet’s next exam. 

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