What Is Laser Therapy For Pets And How Does It Work?
Alliance Emergency Animal Clinic and Wellness Center prides ourselves with searching for new ways to care for your pet-- especially where pain is involved. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed together with existing treatments.
What Can Pet Laser Therapy Be Used For?
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Acute and chronic otitis (ear infections)
- Gingivitis / Periodontal disease
- Hot Spots, open wounds, and dermatological disorders
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease / Degenerative joint disease (causes of back pain)
- Anal gland infections
Senior pets with musculoskeletal ailments can show signs that they are experiencing pain and discomfort:
- Unusual posture when sitting or lying down
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Limping, the inability to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
- Not wagging tail
- Licking or biting an area
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Lack of grooming
- Loss of appetite
What Are the benefits?
Unbelievably, many pet parents haven't heard of this safe, non-invasive procedure even though it’s been used on humans for over 40 years!While laser therapy can benefit pets with an assortment of conditions, one common treatment for pets is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (more commonly known as the ACL). Pet laser therapy is excellent for muscle and tissue healing. If your pet jumps around frequently, you’ve probably witnessed an awkward landing or two. Sometimes those landings result in your pet hobbling around for a period of time. Pets can pull muscles, sprain ankles, and tear ligaments in this way.
If you notice that your pet has been limping for several hours, that is a clear indicator that they need to visit the veterinarian and get treatment.
ACL injuries are not the only condition that laser therapy benefits, however. It also helps with many other conditions that result in pain. So, let’s take a look at how laser therapy works and see if it could be right for your pet.
How Does It Work?
Laser therapy is highly focused and, depending on the type of therapy being treated, can penetrate deep into the problematic area. No surgery or drugs are needed because the laser works to stimulate blood circulation and regenerate cells.
More specifically, the laser stimulates a chemical reaction known as photobiostimulation which utilizes the regenerative properties of light. It releases endorphins in your pet which promotes faster healing and helps your pet feel better. In simple terms, your pet can feel immediate relief. Additionally, each therapy session lasts only a few minutes.
What Can Laser Therapy Treat:
- Post-surgery recovery
- Degenerative disc disease & degenerative joint disease
- Ear Infections
- Periodontal disease & gingivitis
- And many more issues!
In truth, because the therapy laser aids the body in healing itself, it can work for most instances.
As each pet is different, we have a protocol that ensures your pet’s individual safety. During each session, your pet will wear eye protection and so will everyone else in the room.
Your veterinary professional aims the laser at the specific area(s) of treatment which result in your pet feeling the warm heat that is generated from it. Since this feels similar to a massage, most pets become very relaxed and enjoy the therapy process. Some may even sleep through it.
As previously mentioned, each session is short and painless. Many pets experience immediate pain relief, even after only their first session. Of course, this depends on your pet and the treatment that is customized for your pet’s needs.
How Many Sessions Will Your Pet Need?
Upon examination, your veterinarian will determine the ideal number of sessions your pet needs based on their condition. Some pets need as little as 3 sessions, while others may need 10 or more sessions to experience the most complete healing possible.
Laser therapy is not only FDA-approved and drug-free, but it has no known side effects. Your pet will still be able to go on walks and sleep in their favorite spots at home. Call us to book an appointment to determine if laser therapy is right for your pet!
How Do You Know If Your Pet Needs Laser Therapy?
Your veterinarian is the best medical professional to consult to determine if laser therapy treatment is right for your pet. If your pet exhibits any of the classic signs of pain, we recommend booking an appointment with our clinic right away to determine the cause and the plan of treatment.
Common pet pain symptoms include loss of appetite, limping, unusual sitting/sleeping postures, vocalizations like whining, trouble getting up from a sleeping position. These are not all of them but are easily recognized.
If you notice such behavior changes, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us right away. Let’s help your furry baby feel better!