As a pet owner, it is reasonable for you to feel apprehensive toward theoretically painful treatment for your pet. Laser therapy offers an entirely pain free solution; and, studies show laser therapy to have absolutely zero side-effects. We are pleased to offer our patients this form of therapy as an alternative method of treatment. Laser therapy, also called cold laser therapy, is an increasingly popular healing method used on pets and people. For pet owners seeking a drug- and surgery-free alternative for their animal, laser therapy is an ideal option. It is important to remember, however, that laser therapy is not entirely curative and is meant to supplement the healing process. Laser can also be used in conjunction with standard medical therapy to offer a multimodal approach to pain management and promote healing.
Most often, pet laser therapy is implemented because a pet owner fears the negative side-effects of non-steroid anti-inflammatories. While brief use of these medications is perfectly safe, long-term use has proven to cause negative side-effects in some pets. Some animals (cats in particular) cannot tolerate these medications. In these instances, laser therapy is ideal.
Laser therapy is beneficial for pets experiencing the following:
Laser therapy is not recommended for pets that have been diagnosed with cancer. Potentially increasing blood flow to cancerous cells will only cause the cancer to multiply. If your pet has cancer and you would like them to receive alternative pain management, please consult with the veterinarian about the various options available.
How does laser therapy work?
During therapy, the technician concentrates light over affected tissue for periods ranging from 8 to 30 minutes, depending on the issue being treated. Laser therapy works by emitting light that stimulates cells in a process called photo-biotherapy. Photo-biotherapy encourages cell metabolism and protein synthesis, improving cell strength. It stimulates unhealthy cells, reducing pain signals to nerves, increasing blood circulation, and releasing endorphins.
During therapy, your pet will only feel a subtle tingling around the area being treated. After each therapy session your pet will feel less inhibited by their ailment. It is important to remember that every pet’s treatment plan is different. While some pets feel relief after 3 sessions, other pets require weekly sessions until improvement is seen. Monthly maintenance might also be necessary. In choosing laser therapy as your pet’s method of treatment, the veterinarian will discuss a regimen that will best benefit your pet.
If you have any questions about laser therapy or would like to schedule your pet’s first session, contact our office today!