What You Should Know About Pet Laser Therapy

Veterinary laser therapy is an innovative way to promote healing and improve a pet’s quality of life. This sophisticated treatment can do wonders for senior pets, post-operative patients, and companions that struggle with chronic pain. If you’re curious about this exciting and effective technique, keep reading to learn the secrets behind veterinary laser therapy.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Lasers have been used to help humans heal and recover quickly for decades, and they’re not the scary sci-fi ray guns one might imagine. These lasers are designed to operate at specific wavelengths that promote healing and encourage cells to regain healthy function.

The light used in laser therapy penetrates skin to reach joints and muscles, causing a chemical reaction within cells. Known as “photobiostimulation,” the reaction stimulates cells to increase their metabolic rate and release pain-relieving endorphins. When cells become active and repaired, inflammation is reduced, and the body begins healing itself.

Laser therapy not only improves cell function but reduces pain through “vasodilation,” the increase of blood flow from relaxed blood vessels. The treatment also decreases pain by activating the lymphatic system, moving fluid away from tissues to reduce inflammation.

Laser therapy has a cumulative effect: the more treatments, the better the results. Sessions are pain-free, and most pets find them extremely relaxing. Often pet parents see an immediate improvement in their pets’ mood, mobility, and level of pain.

What Conditions Can Laser Therapy Treat?

Laser therapy is a non-surgical, medication-free way to improve mobility, quality of life, and healing in animals with a variety of issues, including:

  • Post-operative healing
  • Tissue trauma
  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament injury
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Skin infection
  • Gingivitis
  • Hot spots
  • Open wounds or skin irritation
  • Ear infection
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Chronic or acute pain

Can Laser Therapy Help Your Pet’s Condition?

If your pet struggles with chronic pain or mobility issues, laser therapy may be a great way to help your best friend get back on their four feet. Unsure if your pet is bothered by aches and soreness? Look for these common signs of chronic pain:

  • Odd gait or limping
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Circling and trouble getting comfortable
  • Favoring one side while sitting or lying down
  • Less tail-wagging or purring
  • Shaking or trembling muscles
  • Whining, whimpering, and vocalizing
  • Restlessness
  • Licking of paws and joints
  • Lack of appetite
  • Change in mood or disposition

If your pet has any of these symptoms, they may be experiencing pain from aging or undiagnosed illness. Besides helping older pets, we often suggest laser therapy for conditions like injuries and post-operative recovery.

How Can You Schedule an Appointment for Your Pet’s Laser Therapy?

If your pet is suffering from aches and pains, we can help them find relief right away. Scheduling an appointment is easy; give us a call at (651) 770-3250. You can book a consultation to learn more about if laser therapy is right for your pet or schedule their first laser therapy session. Get started on a pain-free life for your pet today.

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