Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

155 108th Avenue
Treasure Island, FL 33706


Pain Management

Unfortunately, pain is something that our companion animals can experience. Whether is at an acute episode of pain, or a chronic issue, the Animal Hospital of Treasure Island is here to help.

Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is the core of quality and compassionate patient care. We can help you to understand signs of pain in your pet so we can modify his or her treatment plan.

Whether pain is from a surgical procedure or chronically painful conditions (back pain, arthritis),  we use a combination of different therapies to help achieve our goals. We can use injectable and oral pain medications as well as cold laser therapy for certain conditions.  

Acupuncture is another tool that we utilize to help keep your pet comfortable. Please see our Integrative Medicine service section for more information.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy not only helps relieve pain, but is a safe, non-invasive way to speed up healing as well. It uses specific wavelengths of light to speed up the body’s natural healing process. Cold Laser increases blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the area of treatment as well as speeds up the elimination of waste products and toxins. 

Benefits of Laser Therapy

  • Relieves pain - Reduces the signal sent through nerve cells to the brain. Decreases inflammation and swelling that can also be painful. 
  • Accelerates wound healing, tissue repair - Laser stimulates the tissues to produce more collagen, which is a building block for tissue growth.
  • Anti-inflammatory - Increased blood flow leads in to increased lymphatic drainage which decreases edema and swelling in tissues and joints. 
  • Improves nerve function. 

              What conditions can be treated with Cold Laser Therapy? - The cold laser can be used as part of a treatment plan for multiple different injuries

  • Joint injuries and arthritis
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Skin lesions and abrasions including hot spots
  • Post trauma wounds
  • Post surgical incisions
  • May help with otitis (ear infections)


              What are treatments like?  

After our veterinarians design a treatment plan, the treatments are performed by one of our veterinary nurses. Depending on the condition being treated and the number of sites, the treatment may take 3 to 12+ minutes. Therapy usually needs multiple treatments during the first few weeks. After the initial set, treatments are spread progressively apart until the maintenance level needed by your pet is reached (based off of their response).