Steam/heat therapy has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments in humans. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a complementary therapy for animals as well. This review aims to provide an overview of the basics, indications, and side effects of steam/heat therapy in animals.
Basics of steam/heat therapy in animals:
Steam/heat therapy involves the use of warm compresses, heating pads, or other heat sources to provide warmth to a specific area of the animal’s body. The heat helps to increase blood flow to the area, which can promote healing and relieve pain.
Indications for steam/heat therapy in animals:
Steam/heat therapy can be used in a variety of situations to help animals. It can be used to relieve pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, to promote healing of injuries, and to help with muscle relaxation. It can also be used to relieve stress and anxiety in animals.
Side effects of steam/heat therapy in animals:
While steam/heat therapy can be beneficial for animals, there are also potential side effects that pet owners should be aware of. If the heat source is too hot, it can cause burns or scalding. Animals with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, may not be good candidates for steam/heat therapy as it can cause their conditions to worsen.
Steam/heat therapy can be a valuable tool in promoting healing and relieving pain in animals. However, it is important to use caution and follow proper guidelines to ensure that the therapy is safe and effective. Pet owners should consult with their veterinarian before using steam/heat therapy on their animals, especially if the animal has an underlying medical condition.