Used to treat a variety of conditions, laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free alternative treatment method. It can be used in conjunction with more conventional treatment protocols. Depending on your pet’s condition – whether your pet is rehabilitating from an injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging – relief is often evident within hours of treatment.
The following conditions are commonly treated with laser therapy:
- Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and hip dysplasia
- Pain management for sprains, strains, and stiffness
- Post-surgery pain after spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgical procedures
- Skin problems, such as hot spots, lick granulomas, and infections
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds, such as bites, abrasions, and lesions
- Ear infection
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about three to eight minutes and are absorbed by the injured cells, which respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
As the laser is administered, the nearly immediate relief of pain allows your pet to relax comfortably and any anxiety your pet initially experiences will dissipate. Angry cats often start to purr and dogs often fall asleep during the session.
Laser Therapy for Senior Dogs
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort include:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Difficulty getting up stairs or into cars
- Licking or biting a particular area
- Lack of appetite