Laser therapy for dogs and cats, also known as photobiomodulation therapy, is a non-invasive and innovative medical treatment that uses low-level laser or LED light to stimulate and promote healing in various canine health conditions. Here are some key points about laser therapy for dogs and cats:
How It Works: Laser therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light that penetrate the dog's/cat's tissues. These photons of light are absorbed by the cells, promoting cellular energy production and enhancing the body's natural healing processes.
Pain Management: Laser therapy is often used for pain management and can provide relief from chronic conditions like arthritis, joint pain, and muscle strains. It can also reduce inflammation and alleviate discomfort.
Wound Healing: Laser therapy can accelerate the healing of wounds and incisions after surgery or injuries. It can stimulate tissue repair and minimize scar formation.
Dental Health: Veterinarians may use laser therapy for dental procedures, including gum disease treatment and oral surgery. It can aid in reducing pain and inflammation in the oral cavity.
Musculoskeletal Conditions: It is effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions such as hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease by reducing inflammation and promoting tissue repair.
Non-Invasive: Laser therapy is non-invasive, painless, and does not require anesthesia, making it a well-tolerated treatment option for dogs and cats.
Quick Sessions: Treatment sessions are relatively short, typically lasting between 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the condition being addressed.
Safety: Laser therapy is considered safe when performed by trained professionals. Protective eyewear is typically used to shield the eyes from the laser light.
Long-Lasting Results: Many dogs experience significant improvement in their conditions after a series of laser therapy sessions. The effects can be long-lasting, and some dogs may require periodic maintenance sessions.
Consultation: Before starting laser therapy, it's essential to consult with a veterinarian who can assess your dog's or cat's condition and determine if this treatment is appropriate. They will also establish the optimal treatment plan.
Laser therapy is gaining popularity as a complementary and alternative treatment option in veterinary care. It offers a non-pharmacological way to manage pain and promote healing, enhancing the overall well-being of our canine and feline companions.
When could Laser Therapy be used for healing?
Ear infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Arthritis, surgical incisions, healing wounds, anal gland infections and a variety of other ailments.
Below is a before and after picture of a dog who had a hot spot treated with laser therapy
How is it delivered?
The laser light is delivered to the specific area using a noninvasive handpiece.
Is it safe?
Yes! The treatment is safe and noninvasive.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are rare, but if you are concerned, please contact 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital.
If you would like to know more about laser therapy, please contact 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital.