Most people think lasers are dangerous and hot to the touch (like the lightsabers in Star Wars) – and this can certainly be true. But there are also cold lasers that can be incredibly therapeutic when aimed at wounds or painful joints.
Unfortunately, many owners remain unaware of this option, but pet laser therapy has been proven to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about this innovative modality and how it can benefit your pet.
We’re fully committed to your pet’s health and happiness. To that end, our veterinarians and staff strive every day to employ a variety of methods and techniques to meet the needs of our patients. Pet laser therapy is just one of the latest technologies we’re pleased to offer at Clairmont Animal Hospital.
Cold vs. Hot
Pet laser therapy uses a deep-penetrating cold laser to help the body stimulate injured cells and release endorphins. As a result, the pain associated with illness, injury, or post-surgical recovery is relieved. Plus, it greatly reduces the amount of healing time that’s typically needed following a surgical procedure.
A Magic Wand
The following is a general description of how pet laser therapy works:
- Using a handheld probe, we shine a light on the exact spot where your pet is experiencing pain.
- Over the course of 3-8 minutes, photons are passed from the probe through light energy to the area of focus.
- The light energy helps the cells function properly.
While some pets exhibit relief after their first treatment, several sessions are usually required, especially for chronic health issues.
Pain-Free, Drug-Free, and Non-Invasive
Pet laser therapy also helps increase circulation, decrease inflammation, reverse the signs of infection, and fight pain signals – all without medication or surgery. What’s more, acute injuries can be treated without the need for surgical intervention.
Many pets benefit from laser therapy, including aging seniors who suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or degenerative joint disease. However, pet laser therapy can also complement treatment plans for the following conditions:
- Post-operative recovery
- Soft tissue injury
- Dental pain
- Ear or skin infections, such as hotspots or other dermatological conditions
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Slow-healing wounds, like abrasions or burns
- Ligament tears
- Broken bones
- Sinus infections and seasonal allergies
Pet Laser Therapy and Pain
Pet laser therapy is a wonderful supplemental treatment that can work in tandem with other modalities, including massage, pain management, advanced surgical procedures, and other specialty services. For pets who can’t tolerate medication because of compromised liver or kidney health, laser therapy offers an incredible advantage.
If pet laser therapy sounds too good to be true, we can assure you this cutting-edge treatment is safe and effective. Please give us a call with any questions or concerns. We’re always here for you and your pet!