Laser therapy in veterinary care harnesses the power of light to heal damaged tissue in your pet. Veterinarians use laser therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, connective or soft tissue injuries, and to promote healing of wounds. Laser therapy safely and effectively treats both acute and chronic conditions including sprains and strains, arthritis, swelling associated with spinal disc problems, and abnormalities of the muscular-skeletal system. This non-invasive procedure also helps to stimulate nerve tissue regeneration after surgery.
How Laser Therapy Helps Your Pet
A laser is a beam of light that travels at a certain frequency that allows it to penetrate tissue and create heat in a precise location within that tissue. The heat generated by laser therapy stimulates the production of new, healthy cells and increases blood circulation to the treated area. Veterinarians can program the laser to a range of frequencies to treat a variety of conditions.
Laser therapy works alone or in conjunction with other treatments to treat bone and joint problems, including osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, sprains and strains, ruptured ligaments, and degenerative joint and disc disease. Veterinary surgeons use laser therapy to speed up post-operative healing, including the reduction of incision pain and inflammation, before the pet wakes up from anesthesia.
This form of treatment can treat some chronic or acute ear problems and skin disorders, such as inflammation between the toes known as interdigital dermatitis, thickened and scarred patches known as acral lick granuloma caused by excessive licking. Laser therapy also treats red, moist, hot spots found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Laser therapy is effective in treating periodontal disease, especially the painful gum disease in cats known as feline stomatitis.
Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets
Laser therapy for your pet provides drug-free pain relief in a scientifically proven, non-invasive treatment that usually takes only 1- to 20 minutes to perform. In some cases, laser therapy is an effective alternative to surgery and very helpful in treating difficult conditions.
No sedation is required for laser therapy. Pets usually tolerate laser therapy well and most find it comfortable and relaxing. The calming laser therapy also reassures nervous pet owners, who get to be present during the treatment and participate in therapy. Veterinarians rely on the versatility, accuracy, and efficacy of laser therapy for pets.
Other benefits of laser therapy include:
- Improved patient outcome
- Effective relief from inflammation in addition to analgesia
- No known side effects
- Improves healing time
- Quick administration, usually only 3 – 6 minutes per site
Laser therapy offers new veterinary treatment options for your pet. This revolutionary approach to veterinary care is safe, comfortable and reliable for optimizing healing and for the treatment of a wide variety of acute and chronic veterinary conditions. Contact Century Veterinary Group to learn more about laser therapy for your dog or cat today.