Laser Therapy: A Gentle Healing and Pain Management Modality
If medication and manual therapy have proven ineffective for treating your pet’s condition, they could be a candidate for cold laser therapy. Laser therapy has been used to treat various acute and chronic health conditions in pets for years, and its uses have become invaluable in veterinary medicine. This drug-free, non-invasive modality has proven to be extremely effective for a vast number of patients varying in age, size and species.
How It Works
Our therapeutic laser equipment consists of a cylindrical handheld device connected to a small computer that calculates the amount of laser light your pet will need for their treatment. The handheld device is massaged over the areas in need of healing while light beams penetrate deep into the tissues and interact with damaged cells to promote healing and pain relief.
Laser therapy treatments usually take no more than 10 minutes, and are often relaxing experiences for our patients. The laser light emits a gentle warmth, and your pet will be handled with great care to ensure their comfort during the procedure.
What Can Be Treated with Laser Therapy?
One of the first steps in deciding whether laser therapy is right for your pet is knowing the condition that needs treatment. The following conditions have benefited significantly from this therapy:
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
- Acute and chronic otitis
- Wounds/surgical incisions
- Lick granulomas
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Hot spots
- …and more
Can Laser Therapy Help Your Pet?
Your veterinarian will want to examine your pet and discuss their health problems before moving forward with treatment. If your your pet has any potentially cancerous growths on their body, laser therapy will not be an option, as the laser light can actually facilitate their development.
Should laser therapy be a viable treatment for your pet’s condition, your veterinarian will help you put together a schedule for your pet’s laser sessions and discuss the costs. Some patients may only need one or two treatment sessions to see results, while others may need a dozen. The condition we are treating and the way your pet responds to treatment will be deciding factors.