The Magic Wand: How Laser Therapy Can Transform Your Pet
Pain is a part of life, but when it starts to take over quality of life, it’s time to kick it to the curb. While there is a place for medication when it comes to mitigating pain, there is a powerful alternative for pets coping with wounds, arthritis, and the healing process following surgery. Laser therapy, an FDA-approved modality, is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, and helps us deliver the highest care possible to our patients struggling with certain health issues.
Safe and Incredibly Sound
Laser therapy employs a cold laser as opposed to surgical laser designed to cut. The light emanating from the laser has been found to have therapeutic qualities for over 40 years. The light energy is passed from a handheld probe in the form of photons to the area of focus on a pet’s body. This safe procedure uses light energy to help cells produce and function the way they should, and:
- Increases circulation
- Speeds healing
- Decreases inflammation
- Fights pain signals
- Reverses the symptoms of infection
It’s non-invasive and painless, and pets being treated with laser therapy tend to truly enjoy their sessions to boot. They are kept relatively short (about 3-8 minutes long), but in that time, most pets relax and may even fall asleep!
Depending on a pet’s condition, the benefits of laser therapy are obvious after several sessions (although sometimes a pet feels better immediately). Chronic health issues typically require successive treatments.
The Miracle of Laser Therapy
We may recommend laser therapy as a part of a pet’s treatment plan if they are:
- Recovering from a surgical procedure
- Suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, or degenerative joint disease
- Nursing a slow-healing wound, such as a burn or abrasion, or broken bone
- Coping with a soft tissue injury or dental pain
- Fighting skin, ear, or other infections
- Dealing with swelling and/or inflammation inside the body
This modality is pain-free, non-invasive, surgery-free, and drug-free. When faced with certain physical challenges, laser therapy is a wonderful alternative to existing treatment protocols. Also, even though for some patients it takes a bit of time to see the process working, changes in behavior are often noticeable the same day.
Rehabilitation is never easy, but with laser therapy, it’s much more manageable. If you have any questions about this innovative veterinary treatment, or concerns about your pet’s overall wellness care, we welcome your call at Advantage Veterinary Center.