Veterinary Laser Therapy
Does your pet have joint issues? Are his/her hips hurting? Did your cat strain a muscle jumping around your house? Is your senior dog suffering from arthritis? These are a few examples of conditions that would benefit from veterinary laser therapy.
Below you will find all the information you need to make an educated decision on laser therapy. We will go into depth about a few common uses for laser therapy and understand each case is unique. Feel free to contact us with any questionsyou may about your particular pet.
What is Veterinary Laser Therapy and How Does it Work?
For years humans have used lasers to treat arthritis, scar tissue, muscle trauma, and a variety of other conditions. Now, your pets have the same benefit, and the results are incredible. Unlike laser surgery which cuts into the skin, laser therapy merely adds heat to areas of the body to promote circulation. Your pet can avoid invasive surgery while undergoing a much less stressful procedure.
In basic terms, we use an intense beam of light directed into your pet’s tissues. This laser beam reduces pain, increases blood flow, decreases inflammation, and promotes healing. These lasers are so strong they get deep into troubling joints. Hips, shoulders, and spine are all treatable.
This is completely non-invasive. They may feel a warm sensation which makes therapy comforting rather than scary. Treatment sessions tend to be relatively short which is another added benefit for your pet.
The advantages of this form of therapy are immediately apparent as it boosts the circulation which leads to faster healing from injuries and pain relief from muscle strains, joint problems, arthritis, and other conditions.
When To Use Laser Therapy:
After the patient evaluation, the laser can be used to treat the following conditions;
- Injuries: muscles, ligaments, tendons including sprains, strains, and soft tissue
- Post surgery
- Degenerative disease in joints and discs including arthritis and hip dysplasia
- Open wounds like ulcerations or even hot spots
- Infections in the ears, anal glands, or gums
- Chronic urinary tract infections
One of the most common uses is to treat arthritis which provides pain relief for the joints and greater mobility. Other issues such as back pain, pododermatitis, muscle strains, and joint sprains can be treated effectively with laser therapy. Although positive results can often be seen in the first treatment, it generally takes several sessions before the full effect can be realized. We can develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Does Laser Therapy Work
As with any treatment, the results may vary. We are completely confident we can better your pet’s situation with the use of laser therapy. Often, your pet benefits from therapy in 12-24 hours!
WARNING: Some incredible side effects may include your pet going upstairs more often, your cat may be more nimble, your dog may play fetch longer, we have heard pets return to cuddling, or even enjoy a good hug!
What Does Laser Therapy Cost?
This is the big question. The cost is $32 per treatment, or less if bundled in a package.
An acute condition can include scar tissue, a muscle strain, or an infection. These conditions may only need about five treatments.
Chronic conditions like arthritis need more attention and can be closer to around ten treatments.
If you have any questions about laser therapy treatment, and how it can benefit your pet, please feel free to call our office.