With new and innovative technologies, human and pet therapies have taken a new direction in providing the highest level of care and the most precise technologies. Veterinary laser is one of these new and innovative techniques, and gives a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free form of treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments.
What is laser treatment for pets and how can it benefit them?
Laser treatment for dogs employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace. Oftentimes, improvement in a pet’s condition is seen after one visit, but most areas of concern require 3 to 8 minutes of treatment. Laser treatments are cumulative so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your pet’s condition. Each treatment and the time needed for each individual patient and area varies, so make sure to consult your veterinarian.
Laser therapy, known as cold treatment therapy, uses advanced equipment to stimulated cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.
What can laser therapy help to correct?
Laser therapy can be used to treat many health issues, including:
- Muscle, ligament, tendon and other physical injuries
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
There are many signs that your pet could be facing pain, especially in senior pets. Below are some clues that your pet may need pain relief:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other discontented noises
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive trembling
Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through Òvasodilation” (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the pet will experience less pain. Laser treatments also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract your pet’s pain. They can also help a pet recover after surgery throughout the healing process, especially because the precise nature of laser treatment can precisely correct a certain issue.
Laser treatments is completely pain free and exceptionally comforting, and as the laser is administered to the problem area, your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. In fact, their level of discomfort and anxiety may ease as their comfort increases. Laser treatment is very effective and is very safe, with no known side effects.
With this new and innovative technology, getting your pet back to their loving and playful self after surgery or pain, will be quicker than ever!