cat at veterinarianAn unusual alternative therapy called low dose naltrexone exists that can help with a variety of conditions for your pet.

Naltrexone is a drug that blocks opiate receptors. The theory behind low dose naltrexone is that by giving a tiny dose at bedtime, we briefly block the production of endorphins just when they are expected to peak. This causes extra secretion of endorphin stimulating factor and results in higher endorphin levels in the patient.

Endorphins help control pain and focus the immune response to better attack invaders while lessening the likelihood of attacking one’s own cells. We have used this therapy to help palliate chronic arthritis pain in pets who do not tolerate other medications, to assist in treating some immune mediated disorders, and to help slow the growth of some cancers.

The medication must be specially compounded based on the weight of the animal and is typically given each night to canine patients and each morning to feline patients (since they are nocturnal).

If this sounds like something that might help your pet, please call us at (908) 725-1800 for an appointment or to speak to one of our veterinarians.

Dr. Linda Piffer, a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, has practiced at Somerset Veterinagy Group for over 23 years.