Pet laser therapy is a pain management technique that dogs, cats and many other types of pets respond to very well. It is a non-invasive treatment. Many pets start to feel relief from pain after their very first session, although multiple treatments are often necessary.
What is Pet Laser Therapy?
During an appointment, everyone in the room is required to wear protective eyewear — including the pet. The treatment involves a handheld device that emits low-frequency laser light. The veterinarian applies light to the affected areas of your pet’s body to facilitate healing and pain relief. It typically takes just a few minutes to complete one treatment.
How It Works
The low-frequency laser used in this treatment triggers a biochemical response in the animal’s cells. That response is called photobiomodulation. It causes damaged or injured cells to begin an accelerated process of healing and regeneration.
The following positive healing reactions take place in the area where the laser therapy light is applied:
- Accelerated tissue repair
- Improved circulation, resulting in better oxygen distribution to the cells
- Natural pain relief chemicals known as endorphins are released into the bloodstream
- Muscle relaxation in the affected area, which facilitates healing
- Reduced inflammation of the affected cells
Uses of Pet Laser Therapy
This kind of therapy has a wide range of pain management applications. It can be used on many different types and species of animals, from iguanas to horses. It is extremely common for pet laser therapy to be used on pets that are recovering from surgery or injuries. However, animals with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis can also respond to it very well.
There are many different types of animals that may not be able to take pain medications due to an underlying condition, or because no medication exists for their species. Thanks to laser therapy, we have at least one treatment option that can be used to help relieve an animal’s pain. Senior pets, for example, may have liver disease or reduced organ function, and won’t respond well to pain medications. Laser therapy can help! Likewise, an exotic pet such as a reptile may not have any other type of pain treatment available. Once again, this type of therapy provides us with a possible option.
A treatment is fast and relatively inexpensive. If you have a pet that is in pain and would like to try laser therapy as a potential solution, call our office with any questions you might have or schedule an appointment today.
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