At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, helping our patients live long, healthy, and happy lives is our top priority, and we pride ourselves on constantly searching for new ways to achieve this goal. Recent advances in pain management, postoperative recovery, and the treatment of chronic and age-related conditions has revolutionized our ability to help our patients heal. Laser therapy for pets is one such modality that we’re excited to share with our readers!
A High-Tech Approach to Healing
Although it may sound complicated or even far fetched, laser therapy for pets (also called cold laser or low level laser therapy) is really quite simple. A handheld laser tool is used to employ a deep penetrating beam of light to a targeted area. This light energy promotes a chain of chemical reactions in the cells known as photobiostimulation, which relieves pain and speeds up the healing process. Laser therapy for pets provides relief in the following ways:
- Stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin (reduces pain and promotes a feeling of well being)
- Increases blood flow to the area
- Reduces swelling and other inflammation
- Reduces infection-causing bacteria
- Promotes cellular regeneration
The Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets
The following are just some of the conditions that can be improved or even eliminated with the help of laser therapy (sometimes used in conjunction with other modalities, such as physical therapy or medication):
- Wounds and infections
- Post-surgical healing
- Skin conditions
- Spinal injuries and back pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Dental disease
- Sprains and strains
- Ear infections
- Traumatic injury rehabilitation
The Nitty Gritty
Treatment sessions are designed to be short and easy, with each one lasting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. There’s no pain involved in laser therapy and no side effects, making this the ideal therapy for older pets or those with anxiety. The laser emits a pleasing warmth, and most pet owners opt to stay in the room with their pet during treatment. This allows many pets to become so relaxed that they fall asleep!
Relatively new problems are often treated with short, frequent sessions, while chronic conditions may need multiple sessions that are longer in duration. Laser therapy is often used in conjunction with other pain relief modalities, such as physical therapy or pain medications.
We will work with you to come up with a plan that meets your pet’s individual needs.
We’re thrilled to be able to help our patients heal faster and experience less pain. Please contact us with any questions regarding laser therapy for pets.