Acupuncture has been used in humans for years with great success and we use it as well in animals to reduce chronic pain and promote health and healing. The American Veterinary Association has recognized acupuncture as becoming a more mainstream part of veterinary medicine and it is widely used in the field of animal rehabilitation. Additionally, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for many conditions and diseases. Acupuncture here at BARC is performed only by veterinarians who are certified in veterinary acupuncture.
This can include the following: LASER therapy which helps decrease inflammation, reduce pain, improve wound healing. Therapeutic Ultrasound which can be used to decrease tightness in muscles, increase blood flow or to drive medicine into an area. Electrical Stimulation which can be used to re-educate muscles that have atrophied, or reduce spasms and pain.
Manual therapy is performed on your pet by a licensed physical therapist that is trained in using their hands to repair dysfunction. This can include soft tissue work, joint mobilization, trigger point release, range of motion treatments and when needed manipulations.
Any pet that has an injury to a limb will benefit from gait training which is designed to help them improve their weight bearing to be equal on both sides, this may include the use of the underwater or land treadmill.
Splints and Braces
We are able to cast and order customized splints or braces or fit your pet with an adaptive device that will improve their ability to function. We work with several different manufacturers and suppliers so that we may find the best solution for your pets issue.
The healing power of water has been used for years in helping humans recover from injuries. At BARC we use the underwater treadmill to assist with range of motion, strength, endurance and improving your pets ability to weight bear on an injured limb. The underwater treadmill is a great tool but isn’t the answer for all issues.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) or thermography, is a highly sensitive diagnostic test that scans and measures infrared radiation or heat at the body’s skin surface. These measurements are translated into an accurate graphic image called a ‘thermogram’. It has been long recognized that changes in skin temperature are under the sympathetic control of the autonomic nervous system. In healthy individuals, the thermogram shows up as a unique thermal ‘fingerprint’ with a high degree of symmetry between right and left sides of the body. However, in times of dysfunction or disease, this thermal pattern is altered alerting us to a potential problem. Unlike other diagnostic tests such as radiographs (x-ray), magnetic resonance (MR) and ultrasound that utilize differences in tissue densities, thermography utilizes physiology and function for results. While it is not intended to replace other diagnostic imaging tests recommended by your veterinarian, its value is in its ability to screen and detect dysfunction early, in many cases weeks before it would be clinically apparent or detectable by other diagnostic tests. DITI is extremely cost effective in that it allows us to hone in and localize the dysfunction, eliminating numerous expensive and unnecessary tests. Early and focused detection of pathology leads to a quicker diagnosis and generally leads to an improved outcome for your animal companion.
Thermography is a unique, highly sensitive test that is:
● Cost effective
● FDA approved
● Radiation free
● Does not require that sedation or anesthesia be administered to your animal companion
● Can be done in your home or barn
How can thermography benefit my animal companion??
Thermography has many applications and is used, but not limited to the following:
● Evaluating pain
● Wellness screening/early detection program
● Assessing lameness
● Ligament, tendon, or muscle sprains/strains
● Inflammatory processes
● Neurological dysfunction
● Vascular dysfunction
● Stress Fractures
● Musculoskeletal Injuries
● Monitoring healing and response to treatment
● Pre-purchase exams and saddle fit
Thermography helps us see the pain
Pain is a subjective experience due its interpretive nature. A noxious or painful stimulus of equal intensity will be uniquely experienced by different individuals. Animals cannot tell us that they are experiencing pain, or that the pain medications we are giving are not helping. Pet guardians are often concerned or unsure if their animal companions are experiencing pain and don’t know what signs to look for. Recognition of pain can be very difficult, especially for stoic animals and even veterinarians can have difficulty determining if a patient is in pain and/or to what degree. Giving an objective measure of the pain response is one the most relevant uses for veterinary thermography as the foundation for quality of life is comfort. Although there are certain criteria that veterinarians can use to rate pain levels in animals, much of it is guesswork, which can often lead to inappropriate pain management. Thermal imaging gives a graphic display of the subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that accompany pain states. This allows us to recognize it, treat it and monitor response to therapy.
Ozone is formed when oxygen molecules (O2) split and re-combine 3 oxygen atoms (O3) into a single molecule. This is achieved by running pure oxygen through an ozone generator.
‘Ozonotherapy’ is the use of medical grade ozone, which is highly reactive in the body, to create a curative response. The reactive properties of ozone prompt many responses in the body and is useful for many conditions. Research has shown that:
● It activates the immune system in infectious diseases
● It improves the cellular utilization of oxygen that reduces ischemia in cardiovascular diseases, and in many of the infirmities of aging
● It causes the release of growth factors that stimulate damaged joints and degenerative discs to regenerate
● It can dramatically reduce or even eliminate many cases of chronic pain through its action on pain receptors
● Published papers have demonstrated its healing effects on interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes infections, dental infections, diabetes, and macular degeneration
● Increases Energy Production in your Cells
● Increases the Activity of your “Anti-Oxidant Enzyme Systems”
● Reduces the level of acidity of your body
● Kills Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, Protozoa
● Kills Cancer cells on contact (in vitro)
Ozonotherapy was introduced into the United States in the early 80’s, and more recently is being used in veterinary medicine. Dr. Voulgaris trained with Frank Shallenberger, MD who is the founding member of American Academy of Ozonotherapy, and Dr. Margo Roman, DVM in 2014.
Carts for Pets
Front Wheel/Rear Wheel and Quad Carts.
If your pet is in need of “wheels” to prolong or improve their mobility we can help. At BARC we choose to work closely with Eddie’s Wheels to make sure that your cart is properly measured and built specifically for your pet. Our team has been measuring and fitting carts for pets for over 10 years and therefore have the most experience in all of southern California.
At BARC we understand the needs of injured and ailing pets and therefore are able to offer grooming to pets with special needs and attention. We know that some pets are unable to stand for long periods of time required for grooming, some pets have difficulty standing if able at all. These pets should be bathed and groomed by caring people that understand how to make their experience not only pleasant but one that doesn’t exacerbate current conditions.
Nutrition is a key element in the healing process. We at BARC want you to know exactly what you are feeding your pet and how it may benefit them during the rehabilitation process. We will take the time to review your current food explaining all the ingredients and if requested we can make suggestions for diets that can help your pets overall well being.
We tend to use more supplements in therapy than medications. Every pet can benefit from supplements whether they are for joint health, skin and coat or additional vitamin needs that aren’t being supplied by diet. We carry numerous supplements but recommend only supplements that have been third party tested to assure product quality.
Custom Diets for Weight Loss or Gain
When needed we can customize a diet for your pet to help them achieve weight gain/loss goals. This could include a home cooked diet, store bought or raw diet depending on many factors including cost, time and convenience.