Laser Therapy for Pets: Not Just for Dr. Evil
If you can’t say the word “laser” without making the quotation gesture, you aren’t alone. The word itself evokes thoughts of science fiction and futuristic capabilities.
Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is happy to let you know that laser therapy is part of real life here at our hospital. Laser therapy for pets is becoming more and more common and isn’t scary at all. Who knows, maybe you have a pet who could benefit?
The Laser Beam
So, what exactly is laser therapy for pets all about? The science behind this veterinary therapy is really quite brilliant. A handheld probe is used to target light energy in the form of photons to a specific area of the body.
The photons act directly on the cells in the targeted area to incite changes in those cells and produce energy. This has a myriad of benefits, including:
- Reduction in pain
- Decrease in inflammation
- Increase in blood flow
- Decrease in infection
- Stimulation of healing
These changes can last for up to 24 hours following a treatment. The best part is that there are no side effects or major concerns when patients receive a laser treatment. It has also been approved by the FDA as a safe treatment option.
The Nitty Gritty of Laser Therapy for Pets
The best part of laser therapy? It’s fast and painless. Treatments take a matter of minutes. Oh, and did we mention it is not invasive? Many pets even seem to enjoy it, much like a massage. When we use our Companion therapy laser at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center, the most your pet will feel is a slight warming sensation.
Patients suffering from an acute injury or pain may see benefits immediately; whereas, animals who have more chronic conditions may need several treatments to have noticeable effects. Laser therapy can be used anywhere pain and inflammation exist, but some of the more common conditions treated with this therapy include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Skin conditions
- Ear infections
- Anal gland abscesses
Because laser therapy can safely be combined with many other treatments and medications, it can be an integral component of so many treatment plans for our pet patients. Senior pets and agility champions alike can benefit greatly from this modality.
While laser therapy for pets may sound a little scary, it isn’t. In fact, we think it is downright fabulous! Please ask if you have questions or would like to know if your pet would benefit from laser treatments.