Laser therapy is well known for revolutionizing patient treatment in both medical and dental fields, but it may surprise you to learn that an increasing number of vets are now offering this modern and effective solution.
What is laser therapy and how does it work?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless and drug-free process that can be successfully used to treat a variety of different medical conditions in pets. Not has laser therapy been shown to be very effective when used in conjunction with more conventional treatments, it can also be undertaken as a standalone solution.
Laser therapy works by targeting high-energy beams of light in specific wavelengths into your pet’s body in order to create a therapeutic effect. Exactly what effect the laser will have depends on the wavelength used. However, in veterinary care these lasers tend to stimulate the production of something known as ATP – a fuel needed for cells to repair themselves.
In most instances, a course of laser therapy is needed in order for your pet to obtain optimal results. Exactly how many treatments are needed will depend on the type of pain or injury that the laser is being used to treat, the extent of the problem and how well her body responds to the treatment. Chronic conditions often require a number of closely spaced treatments before tapering to a maintenance level, which may be as infrequent as once a month or less. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an approximation as to the number of sessions your pet may need at your consultation but be prepared that this may change once the program has commended.
What conditions can pet laser therapy be used to treat?
Laser therapy has proven to be an effective treatment choice for a variety of ailments in cats and dogs, including:
- Anal gland infections
- Back pain (non-specific)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Dental problems including periodontitis
- Ear infections
- General pain relief
- Hip dysplasia
- Hot spots
- Muscle, ligament and tendon damage
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Sinusitis Rhinitis
- Wound healing
Laser therapy has been shown to also be a very beneficial tool in post-operative recovery, helping to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process so that muscles and tissues repair more quickly, enabling your furbaby to attain mobility faster than with conventional surgery.
What are the benefits of laser therapy for pets?
There are a variety of benefits associated with the use of laser technology. Here are some of the most commonly reasons given by owners of animals who have received laser treatment:
- It is non-invasive so there is no open wound.
- It won’t cause your pet to experience any pain during the process.
- You can stay with your pet during the treatment – something which is reassuring for both animals and their owners.
- It may make your pet less reliant on pain medications. Laser therapy reduces pain naturally, without the need for drugs.
- It promotes healing, enabling your pet to make a faster recovery.
- There are no known side effects.
- Sessions are short and relaxed, minimizing any stress your pet might feel.
- It is considered both safe and effective by professionals across the veterinary industry.
- Laser treatment costs are covered by most insurance companies.
If you are interested in finding out more about pet laser therapy, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss whether laser therapy would be a suitable for treatment for your pet’s ailment, our friendly and knowledgeable team would be delighted to help. Please contact our clinic at your convenience.