Is It Behavior?
Pets don't exhibit pain like people do.
When a pets's behavior changes, owners don't recognize the behavior may be due to pain or discomfort. Often times, only bringing their pet to a veterinarian when outward signs of pain have surfaced.
Pets are masters at hiding pain. It is a survival trait.
When outward signs of pain start to show up, it is often too late. The damage is done and all a veterinarian can do is treat the symptoms. With digital thermal imaging, a veterinarian can better assess the potential underlying causes of behavioral change and can start treatments early.
Often, when a pet presents with pain, a veterinarian will use radiology to diagnose and treat their patient. With digital thermal imaging, early detection and supplementation can drastically reduce the damage done by allowing owners and their vets to treat and target the underlying issues earlier and reduce the need for more drastic interventions such as surgery.
Digital Thermal Imaging
Even before some of the physical signs of pain or inflammation present themselves, pets often undergo a behavioral change. Whether it is lethargy or aggressive responses, these behavioral changes can tell us when a pet is in need even before radiology can.
With digital thermal imaging, we can quickly identify where an animal's immune response is being triggered and we can start to treat the underlying issue immediately.
Digital thermal imaging is able to quickly provide a veterinarian with information about where there is heat/inflammation energy stored within the body. Signified by colors from red to white, our goal is to quickly address the issues highlighted by the digital thermal imaging before more damage can be done.
When a pet is showing signs of discomfort or behavioral changes such as:
- Decreased activity
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs
- Lameness in the hind end
- Looseness in the joint
- Narrow stance
- Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait
- Grating in the joint during movement
- Loss of thigh muscle mass
- Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles as they compensate for the hind end
Digital Thermal Imaging can be used to pinpoint the source of the pain due to inflammation or infection and can help a veterinarian treat the patient with rehabilitation or supplementation and, if caught in time, can reduce the need for surgical interventions.
Physical assessment of an animal
There are many things during a physical assessment that a veterinarian will check. Among them are:
- Is the animal generally healthy?
- Is the animal overweight/obese?
- Is the animal displaying asymmetry?
- Is the animal showing satisfatory posture/gait?
- Is the animal alert and responsive?
- What is the animal's state of nutrition?
- Are there any masses or abnormalities on the animal?
- Are the animal's Vital Signs within normal range?
- Are there Behavior Issues?