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Sports Medicine

At Best Care Veterinary Specialty, our goal is to bring you the highest quality of medicine closer to home so that you may receive world-class care without the burden of traveling. We are proud to offer a variety of sports medicine services for pets, including rehabilitation, regenerative medicine, and CT scans all from our veterinary hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Rehabilitation

We are proud to say that our very own Dr. Spoo is one of the few private practice board-certified Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists in the world! As a sports medicine veterinarian, Dr. Spoo specializes in the overall health care of canine athletes and musculoskeletal injuries. 

In human medicine, 90% of sports injuries are considered to be non-surgical, however, it’s a common misconception in veterinary medicine that injured animals require surgical treatment. If surgery is indeed needed Dr. Spoo can work with our surgeon, Dr. Reimer, to decide on the best options for the best outcomes. Otherwise, they can provide care in the other 90% of cases. 

At Best Care Veterinary Specialty, we believe the best medicine to restore function and relieve pain is physical rehabilitation. Our team of certified rehabilitation professionals will help your pet return to their optimal strength, endurance, and agility by providing individualized programs. We work closely with prosthetic, orthotic and assistive device manufacturers in order to provide your pet with the best outcomes possible. Our goal is to have your pet be on their best health and healing path as our team strives to stay at the cutting-edge of the latest research in rehabilitation.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine includes therapies such as plasma rich platelet injections (PRP) and stem cell therapy. While there are a lot of options for these treatments on the market, the science has not necessarily been proven. Dr. Spoo is constantly evaluating which options are best and is happy to discuss these options more in depth.

Laser Therapy

When it comes to pain reduction, improved mobility, and hastened healing, laser therapy can work wonders!

Laser therapy helps your pet to naturally heal and alleviate pain by stimulating and regenerating the body’s own natural cells. This type of therapy is completely non-invasive and involves no incision. 

Once the cells are regenerated, endorphins will be released which helps reduce the pain. It also improves blood circulation, which helps promote healing.

For laser therapy treatment, a low-level beam of light is directed towards the pain area on your pet’s body for several minutes at a time. It’s not uncommon for the animal to enjoy the warming sensation that laser therapy brings and some will even fall asleep during their session. 

Pets that might need this therapy tend to be older cats and dogs suffering from arthritis. Because of the incredible effects that laser therapy has on pain management, many other conditions which have seen improvements include:

  • ACL Tears
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Wounds
  • Inflammation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Laser therapy is so impressive because it uses the body’s own natural healing process. Many clients have seen a difference after only one session of laser treatment, and can see a significant improvement with their pet’s mobility overtime. 

If you think your pet might be a good candidate for laser therapy or If you think your pet might be in pain, give Best Care Veterinary Specialty a call and we will conduct an examination to determine if this laser therapy will be an effective treatment option for your pet. 

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can be a great healing treatment as it uses the therapeutic properties of water to help pets lose weight, gain strength, improve motion, and heal from injuries. Hydrotherapy relieves weight-bearing stress on pets who may not be able to exercise because of persistent pain or stress on their bodies. Using an underwater treadmill, hydrotherapy alleviates negative impacts on the joints while your pet exercises and strengthens their muscles. 

For pets who may have a fear of swimming, our caring and patient veterinary staff will train them to use the underwater treadmill with ease. Certain large and intelligent breed dogs such as German Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers often enjoy hydrotherapy because of the physical exercise and mental stimulation. 

Hydrotherapy has many health benefits for pets and is done in a comfortable heated pool. Some of these benefits include improving range-of-motion, promoting circulation, and healing scar tissue. Not only does hydrotherapy improve these conditions, it improves your pet’s overall quality of life. 

The following conditions below may benefit from the relief hydrotherapy can provide:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Luxating Patellas
  • Osteochondritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Muscle Tears or Tendon Strains
  • Neurologic Issues
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Mobility Loss 
  • Post-Operative Pain

Pain Management

Pain plays an important role in letting us know when something is wrong with your pet’s health and is a significant factor to their overall quality of life. Because your pet cannot verbally communicate when they are experiencing pain, it is important to be able to identify signs of pain so you can help your pet by scheduling a veterinary appointment for a thorough evaluation. 

If your pet is experiencing one or several of the following signs below, it may be time to seek professional veterinary advice:

  • Seeking more or less attention than usual
  • Uncharacteristic sign of aggression
  • Whining or crying
  • Diarrhea or inability to defecate
  • Changes to mobility
  • Changes in eating patterns or sleep loss
  • Restlessness or inability to get comfortable
  • Displaying uncomfortable body language such as flattened ears or tail between legs

Although pain is uncomfortable and unwanted, it is important that it’s managed long-term. Certain chronic conditions like compensatory muscle pain or arthritis can cause chronic pain, and need to be managed long-term to reduce suffering. 

There are several ways in which we can manage pain in our patients. These include:

Medication: Medication is useful for treating severe or chronic pain in pets. Prescribed by a veterinarian, medication is often the best and easiest option to alleviate pain. It’s important to note that if your pet has not been prescribed medication, giving your pet pain medication, especially human medication, can be extremely dangerous or deadly to them.

Supplements: Supplements are known for managing pain in a more holistic way and might be a good option for your pet. Ask your veterinarian for more information about using holistic supplements as part of your pet’s daily routine. 

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is an advanced and effective therapy technique that aids in healing through a non-invasive treatment. After just one session, many pets feel relief and pet owners notice an improvement. Your veterinarian may recommend several sessions depending on the severity of the pain.

Massage Therapy: Our veterinarians and technicians have years of education and training to help identify painful muscle, trigger points, and spasms. We are able to help relieve their discomfort through targeted stretching and massage. In addition, it is our goal to identify the source of these problems and restore function and prevent further pain and worsening of the condition.

Therapeutic Exercises: Dr. Spoo is the only rehabilitation specialist in the region. In addition to identifying the source of your pets orthopedic, neurologic, or mobility issue, he will design an individualized program to address your pet’s unique condition. As a leader in utilizing advanced technology these programs are delivered with easy to follow, custom-made educational videos so that you are able to learn and review at your own pace. Our highly-trained staff is also available for hands on learning when you need that added personal touch while working with your pet.

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