AnimalFamily_iStock_000014701110_XXXLargeLaser therapy to treat pet pain and promote healing is an exciting component of modern veterinary medicine. Yet, sometimes the mention of the word laser can cause a bit of trepidation in pet parents who imagine a more invasive or scary experience for their beloved pets. In reality, pet laser therapy is non-invasive, pain-free, and often offers a relaxing experience as the laser produces a warming sensation in the area being treated.

Companion laser treatments have offered tremendous benefits for pets who previously suffered with chronic pain or mobility challenges, and we continue to learn more about the efficacy of this leading-edge method of treatment.

What is Pet Laser Therapy?

The FDA approved Class IV high intensity lasers in 2005 and they have been embraced by professionals who work in both human and veterinary rehabilitation. Laser therapy treatment involves the use of a handheld wand which emits photons or high energy light to the targeted site. These photons induce a chemical change called photobiomodulation which stimulates the tissues and promotes healing, reduces inflammation, and decreases swelling and pain.

Treatments generally are completed within 5-10 minutes and many pets experience relief after the first or second treatment session. The number of sessions your pet will receive is determined by the condition being treated, but most pets only require six or fewer sessions while gaining the benefits of expedited healing, better mobility, and/or decreased pain.

What are the Advantages?

Along with being a complementary and cost-effective treatment option suitable for cats and dogs, here are some of the incredible benefits of laser therapy:

  • No blood work required to administer
  • Noninvasive
  • Pain-free
  • Safer than many medications, which can produce side-effects (particularly in cats)
  • No impact on organs such as kidneys and liver
  • Minimal time needed per session
  • Pet owners can stay with pet during the procedure (by wearing eye protection)

Conditions Commonly Treated

Cold laser therapy has been effective in treating a number of conditions that were once only treated through scalpel surgery and medication. Here are some of the conditions that have been benefited through this innovative treatment:

  • Wounds and ulcerations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Back pain
  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries
  • Hot spots and other skin infections
  • Ear infections
  • Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and hip dysplasia
  • Dental conditions

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is one of the few veterinary clinics in the area to offer companion laser therapy.  Each pet patient is evaluated for the correct number of treatments, which are incorporated into his or her existing treatment plan and overall progress.

We encourage you to explore the advantages of laser therapy and how it can be used in conjunction with other effective forms of treatment to promote faster healing and increased quality of life. Please give us a call to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your pet.