Pet cryotherapy is greatly increasing in use by veterinary clinics worldwide. It's a therapy that consists of ice or freezing therapy for a brief period of time to treat various illnesses and ailments. At Prospect Park Animal Clinic in Brooklyn, our veterinarians specialize in this type of therapy.
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
Cryotherapy for pets is when a veterinarian applies an ice pack to a particular area, uses an extremely cold or an ice bath, or freezes a small spot on your pet. Recent studies show this to be a very effective treatment for the musculoskeletal system as well as for skin conditions when used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications.
What are Cryotherapy Procedures?
Some pets greatly benefit from home cryotherapy treatments in which you use an ice pack on the affected area for sessions of 10 to 20 minutes throughout the day. This works well for muscle injuries.
If a veterinarian uses this vet care technique to freeze off skin ailments, it will be performed in the office. Extremely cold temperatures are used to freeze abnormal animal cells and then they die and fall off the surface of your pet's skin. It may be administered by spraying liquid nitrogen though a small tube on to your animal, dabbed on with a cotton swab for tiny areas or done by injection with a very fine needle.
Anesthesia will be used by your vet when they administer any form of cryotherapy in their office and small areas only need numbing by local anesthesia with an injection. Depending on your pet's exact circumstances; you may need several sessions for the affected tissues to fall off the skin.
What is the Recovery Period Like?
Your pet may receive a soothing solution to bathe him or her to comfort the affected area. When healing, the area may have an odor or it may appear greenish in color when the skin is sloughing off, but this is normal. The area should heal over with a scab and newly formed skin in a matter of a few weeks.
Cryotherapy Options in Brooklyn
Our veterinarian team at Prospect Park Animal Clinic in Brooklyn can examine your pet and decide if cryotherapy is a good vet care treatment plan for them. We can help you every step of the way to get your pet back on their feet quickly and without pain. Call us today for more information about this and all of our veterinary services.