Laser Therapy: Providing Pain Relief for Dogs & Cats
Medication is not the only treatment option we offer at our Old Town animal hospital to manage your pet’s pain and help them heal. For years, pet laser therapy has proven to be an effective solution for a number of acute and chronic conditions, from arthritis to skin lesions. We’re always striving to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their appointments, and laser therapy can be a very relaxing, soothing experience for your companion. Our therapeutic Class IV K-laser is one of the most advanced lasers in use today, and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer this service to provide pain relief for dogs and cats.
How Pet Laser Therapy Works
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that requires no drugs or sedation to be performed. Red and near-infrared light is transmitted through a cylindrical hand-held device, and penetrates deep into the tissues and muscle to treat areas in need of healing. The light particles stimulate cell production, which results in a healing effect. Laser therapy ultimately does four things:
- Increases circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces pain
- Heals damaged cells
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Laser Therapy?
With laser therapy, we can treat various diseases, injuries, and infections, either without or in conjunction with other forms of treatment. These include:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Wounds (cuts, scrapes, bites, etc.)
- Acute and chronic otitis
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- …and more
We can also use our therapeutic laser to treat incision sites following surgery to aid in recovery and decrease pain.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
A single laser therapy session should not take more than 10 minutes, but times will vary depending on your pet’s condition, light dosage and how well they respond to treatment. This also applies to the number of sessions required for optimal results—every pet will have a slightly different experience. Acute conditions can usually be treated more quickly than chronic conditions.
Before we can commence with laser therapy, we will need to examine your pet and possibly run diagnostics to ensure that we will be targeting the right area(s). Areas that could contain potentially cancerous cells should never be treated with the laser.
If you are interested in pursuing laser therapy for your pet, give us a call today at (312) 428-2571.