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Laser Therapy for Pets: A Powerful Way to End Pain
No pet owner wants their pet to be in pain, and most of us would do anything to reduce pain in our furry companions. Traditional pain medications are an option, but what if there was a way to reduce pain and speed healing while using little to no pharmaceuticals?
Laser therapy for pets sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but this simple yet powerful technology has been used on people and animals for years to reduce chronic pain and encourage healing after surgery or injury. This technology is being used to improve the lives of dogs and cats every day, including right here at Hanford Veterinary Hospital.
Understanding Laser Therapy for Pets
A therapeutic laser (also called a cold laser) is a hand-held tool used to direct light energy to a targeted area of the body. This deeply penetrating light energy stimulates the cells in the targeted area, encouraging protein production and cell metabolism (both of which promote healing and reduce pain).
Laser therapy for pets offers significant benefits, such as:
- Pain reduction
- Decreased swelling/inflammation
- Increased blood flow
- Faster healing
- Reduction in harmful, infection-causing bacteria
Laser therapy is non-invasive and is completely pain-free. It does not require sedation or restraint, making it a great option for even the most fearful or timid pet. You may sit with your pet for support during each laser therapy session. Most sessions last about 15 minutes (or less). In fact, some pets become so relaxed that they fall asleep!
How it Can Help
Laser therapy can be used on it’s own or in combination with other pain management modalities to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as:
- Post-surgical healing and pain relief
- Dermatitis and other skin conditions
- Sprains and strains
- Swelling and edema
- Degenerative joint and disc disease
- Periodontal disease and tooth extraction pain relief
- Chronic ear infections
- Wound healing (such as cuts or bites)
- Muscle atrophy
- Improving tendon and ligament strength
In many cases, pet owners will notice an improvement in their pet’s condition after the first treatment. Most conditions, especially those that are chronic in nature, will require multiple sessions.
At Hanford Veterinary Hospital, improving the lives of our patients is our top priority, and laser therapy is a wonderful treatment option for pets who suffer from a wide range of conditions. If you have any questions about laser therapy for pets, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.