What Is Laser Therapy for Pets and How Does It Work?
At Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, we pride ourselves with always searching for new ways to provide the best care for your pet, especially where pain is concerned. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in addition to existing treatments. Laser treatment for pets 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.
What Types Of Conditions Can Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat?
Laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
· Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
· Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
· Back pain
· Ear infections
· Hot Spots and open wounds
· Arthritis / hip dysplasia
· Degenerative disc disease
· Anal gland infections
Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
· Abnormal sitting or lying posture
· Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
· Limping, unable to get up or lie down
· Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
· Licking or biting area
· Lack of appetite
Laser Therapy For Pain Relief
Laser treatments are an excellent way to provide pain relief to your animal companion. 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. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, your will experience less pain.
Laser Therapy To Recover From Injury Or Surgery
Laser therapy is a very helpful tool during postoperative recovery. In minor cases, laser therapy alone may be enough to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process. Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improving mobility.
What Can I Expect At My pet’s Laser Therapy Appointment?
A technician will hold the laser wand directly over the affected area for somewhere between 3 and 10 minutes. Often, immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety they initially experiences will quickly dissipate.
Is Laser Treatment Painful Or Uncomfortable?
Laser treatment for pets is totally pain free.
As the laser is administered, your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. For many pet’s laser therapy is very relaxing.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Laser Therapy?
Laser treatment for pets has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.