Agape Pet Hospital offers a variety of treatment options from laser therapy and pain management to stem cell and PRP therapy. Please click on the “more” button next to each treatment option to learn more or contact us for additional information.
Laser therapy has a broad range of uses in veterinary medicine, from expanding surgical options, to promoting wound and tissue healing, to enhancing physical therapy results. In our continuing effort to offer the highest-quality medicine to all our patients, we are proud to provide laser therapy supervised by our expert health care team.
As a cutting-edge medical advance, laser therapy requires a highly skilled and dedicated staff. Fortunately, our health care team is experienced in laser therapy and committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and overall care. Our staff has been extensively trained and will handle your pet with care and compassion, so rest assured that your pet will receive the very best care in our state-of-the-art medical facility.
Stem Cell Therapy
A stem cell is a blank slate that can become any type of cell, with the potential to regenerate tissue in a part of the body where disease has damaged it and caused it to lose function.
Pet stem cell therapy uses stem cells from the fat of your pet. After harvesting and processing the stem cells, a veterinarian injects the stem cells into the diseased area, such as a knee joint damaged by osteoarthritis or other parts of the body to repair muscles, joints and ligaments that have been damaged. The cells move to the inflamed or damaged tissue, suppress the inflammation, relieve pain, and cause the new tissue to grow. This new tissue is more like the original tissue than the scar tissue that would typically grow in an untreated inflamed area.
Stem Cell Therapy has recently been used for diabetes treatments, animals that have lost control of their bladders and even some cancers.
Agape Pet Hospital is proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals in middle Tennessee to offer Stem Cell Research.
This revolutionary treatment, which accelerates all kinds of healing, is a favorite among vets for treating our beloved friends. It not just heals, but in many cases, it revolutionizes how older animals live their life. It’s a less invasive, safer, often less costly but effective, alternative treatment option.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a portion of the blood that has been processed, usually by centrifuge, to contain a higher concentration of platelets than in whole blood. Platelet Rich Plasma can be injected at the site of injury with the goal being that the body’s natural healing response is enhanced by delivering a high concentration of growth factors directly to the site of injury.
The practice of high-quality veterinary medicine focuses on the entire patient – from medical issues that affect physical functioning, to emotional and psychological issues that affect well-being. Experiencing pain can affect the body’s physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s well-being and state of mind. That’s why pain management is among our primary considerations when we are treating a pet for any medical condition.
From routine procedures (such as a spays or dental cleanings), to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries or cancer treatments), to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.
Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the very heart of quality, compassionate patient care. We don’t take pain management for granted and will employ all our skills to help ensure your pet’s comfort, well-being, and full recovery.
What happens if my pet needs to be hospitalized?
After an examination, you and your veterinarian may decide that hospitalization is best for your pet. Agape Pet Hospital has staffing, including veterinarians, technicians and assistants that can provide care around the clock as needed. The intensity of care provided depends on how sick your pet is: it can range from simple observation, feeding and walking to monitoring by veterinarians in our intensive care unit.
Can I leave toys, blankets or other items with my pet?
You can, but the hospital generally discourages this because these items tend to get mixed in with our own supplies and are sometimes lost. Agape provides pets with excellent bedding, so you do not need to bring any. If you do decide to leave a personal item to provide your pet with a connection with home we will label it as yours and make every effort to return it to you at the end of your pet’s stay. We may ask you to take your pet’s leash and collar home with you during your pet’s hospitalization. Dogs should always be brought to the hospital on-leash.
Can I leave special food for my pet?
We recommend that you bring your pet’s regular food with them. This will make the stay easier for your pet and its tummy (some pets do not eat well while staying with us and some pets get an upset stomach with a different food). Be sure to discuss any special feeding instructions or preferences with your veterinarian at the time your pet is hospitalized.
What about any medications my pet is on?
You should discuss this with your veterinarian when your pet is hospitalized. In most cases your veterinarian will want to continue the medications while your pet is in the hospital, although in some cases, they may elect to discontinue medications. While the hospital stocks virtually every common medication, it may be a good idea to bring a few days of any medications your pet is on to your appointment, just in case. If you do not bring the medications themselves, be sure to write down their names and daily doses before you come.
Can I visit my pet during hospitalization?
Yes. You should discuss this with your veterinarian in advance. In some cases, the hospital discourages visits on the day of surgery or anesthesia as your pet may be groggy. The hospital is also more likely to encourage visits for very sick pets than for pets that are not seriously ill.
Visiting hours are during our open hours. Please be sure to call in advance as you may not be able to visit while other patients are being examined in the treatment area. There may be a short wait when you arrive for your visit if our staff is busy with patient care. Visits are generally limited to 20 minutes.
How is my pet’s discharge handled? Will I receive written instructions at the time of discharge?
Discharges are typically scheduled toward the end of the day. Written and verbal instructions will be given. Prior to discharge, your veterinarian or your Tech will discuss the discharge orders thoroughly with you, and answer any questions you may have. They will tell you how to administer any treatments, what to watch for and what to do in any situation that is likely to arise. Thorough written care instructions, along with a summary of your pet’s case, will be given to you at the time of discharge. Once your pet is home, if you experience problems or have questions, call your veterinarian as soon as possible. You may be referred to an after-hours emergency clinic.
Ready to Schedule an Appointment?
If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options please call Agape Pet Hospital at (615) 302-4555 or click below to fill out our online appointment request form.