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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has been around since the 1970s but has only recently been certified for use in veterinary care. Nevertheless, it has been shown to be a highly effective treatment used to accelerate your pet’s natural healing process and provide significant relief from pain and other associated issues.

How does laser therapy work?

Laser therapy uses high-energy beams of light in predetermined wavelengths in order to create a therapeutic effect in your pet. Exactly what effect will occur will depend on the wavelength used, but typically, those lasers used in veterinary medicine stimulate your pet’s body to produce something known as ATP – cellular energy which is used to repair damaged cells. The primary effect is reductions in pain and inflammation, an increase in blood circulation and a general quickening of the healing process.

What conditions can veterinary laser therapy be used to treat?

Research has found that veterinary laser therapy can have a profoundly positive effect in alleviating symptoms of and treating the following conditions:

  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)

  • Chronic or acute ear infections

  • Chronic or acute back/neck pain

  • Skin Wounds

  • Fractures

  • Anal gland infections

  • Degenerative joint disease e.g. hip dysplasia and arthritis

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Some urinary and gastrointestinal conditions

  • Healing after surgical procedures

What are the benefits of veterinary laser therapy?

There are a number of different advantages to choosing laser therapy for your pet. Exactly what benefits your pet will experience will depend on the underlying problem that the laser is being used to treat. However, some more generalized benefits of laser therapy include the following:

  • A painless, relaxing experience

  • A reduction in the pain your pet experiences

  • Faster healing of everything from superficial lesions to damaged tissue and more as a result of a surgical procedure

  • A reduction in inflammation, edema and tissue swelling levels

  • A reduction in muscle spasms

  • A reduction in the formation of scar tissue​​

How many sessions of laser therapy will my pet need?

Every pet is unique, and this means that the effects they will experience as a result of their medical problem or the healing process can also vary widely. We may be able to give you an indication of how many sessions of laser therapy your pet will need when you attend your consultation, but this may change depending on how your pet responds to the treatment.

Initially, we may recommend that your pet attends an intensive course of treatments, perhaps as many as three or four appointments within a fortnight. This can kick-start the healing process and deliver fast results for short-term problems. However, if your pet has an ongoing condition such as arthritis, his treatments may be spaced more evenly apart.

If you would like to find out more about laser therapy for pets, or if you would like to schedule a visit so that your beloved animal can have his suitability for laser therapy assessed, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us by calling 775-138-6116.

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