Benefits of Laser Therapy

Would your dog or cat benefit from laser therapy? It's quite possible s/he would! However, many pet lovers aren’t aware of this safe, non-invasive procedure even though it’s been used on humans for over 40 years. In fact, this FDA-approved therapy has no known side effects, and it’s drug-free. 

While laser therapy can benefit pets with a variety of conditions, one of the most commonly treated conditions is arthritis. But first, let’s take a quick look at how laser therapy works.

 

How it Works

Also known as “cold laser” or “Laser IV,” laser therapy is highly focused and can penetrate deep into the problem area. Specifically, the laser stimulates a chemical reaction known as photobiostimulation - stimulating blood circulation and regenerating cells. Additionally, it releases endorphins in your pet which helps him/her feel better while promoting faster healing. That means your pet can feel immediate relief. Plus, the sessions last from only a few minutes to half an hour. 

 

What Laser Therapy Treats

Because the laser essentially aids the body in healing itself, it can work for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Ear Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Post surgery recovery
  • Wounds
  • Even Gingivitis!

 

You might wonder how your pet will react to the therapy. S/he will wear eye protection - “Doggles” - as will everyone else in the room. Your laser technician will aim the laser at the specific area, and your pet will feel a warm heat generated from it. Since it feels a little like a massage (another service we offer!), most pets relax and enjoy the process. Some of them even sleep through it.

As mentioned above, the sessions are short and painless. In fact, many pets experience immediate pain relief, even after only one session. However, the speed with which your pet feels relief will depend on his/her particular situation - everyone's a little different!

 

How Many Sessions Will Your Pet Need?

Your veterinarian will determine the optimal number of sessions your pet needs based on his/her condition. Some pets need as few as 3 sessions while others need 10 or more to experience maximum possible healing. In some cases, for chronic conditions, s/he will need to have periodic sessions indefinitely. 

 

How Do You Know If Your Pet Needs Laser Therapy?

Well, that’s a question for your veterinary professional. If your pet exhibits any of the classic signs of pain, your veterinarian can determine the cause and develop a treatment plan customized to your furry friend's needs.

Common pain symptoms include loss of appetite, limping, unusual sitting/sleeping postures, vocalizations like whining, or trouble getting up from a sleeping position. If you notice such behavior changes, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us. Let’s help your furry friend feel better!

 

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