Laser therapy for pets is is an amazing treatment option for cats and dogs suffering from chronic pain, such as arthritis, or to encourage healing in sprains, wounds, or recent surgical procedures.
While laser therapy may sound like something out of science fiction, this pain-free, non-invasive treatment can do your pet a world of good, both as a stand-alone treatment and in conjunction with other pain management modalities.
How Does Laser Therapy for Pets Work?
Class IV Companion Laser emits deep-penetrating light energy called photons to targeted tissues with an external handheld wand. The photons then stimulate the affected area at a cellular level, increasing blood flow and oxygenation, which encourages healing at a faster rate.
This technology appeals to pet owners because it is pain-free and does not require restraint or sedation. Many pet parents choose to stay with their pets during the procedure, which is usually under 10 minutes in duration.
What Conditions Can be Treated?
Laser therapy for pets can be used to treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions. The Class IV Companion Laser is so powerful, in fact, that it has even been used to treat conditions affecting the spine. Here are some others:
- Skin disorders, such as dermatitis
- Sprains and strains
- Edema and congestion
- Degenerative joint and disc disease
- Ear infections
- Periodontal disease and tooth extraction pain relief
- Post-surgical healing and pain relief
- Wounds, such as bites or cuts
Lasers can even reverse muscle atrophy and improve tendon and ligament strength as well as resilience. Many pets experience increased mobility and return to normal activities faster than they might with traditional therapies.
Laser treatment is simple and non-invasive, and doesn’t require sedation, IVs, or shaving. During the procedure, you may accompany your pet. After supplying your pet with eye protection (usually a pair of cool sunglasses, which are worn by anyone in close proximity to the laser), the laser probe is applied to the affected site for a short period of time (generally, 8-10 minutes, maximum). Many pets seem to find the experience calming or soothing, as the laser produces a warm, tingling sensation.
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatment times and frequency will vary for each pet. For some chronic conditions, multiple sessions may be required. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary treatment to other traditional and alternative healing modalities.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Fewer side effects and risks
- Does not rely on sedation or restraint
- Minimal time required
- Can be used as a complementary treatment to increase efficacy
- Speeds healing rates
- Results are often seen after the first session
Is Laser Therapy Right for My Pet?
If your pet suffers from chronic pain or ongoing disorders related to skin, joint, muscle, or bone health, laser therapy might help. Your team at Godspeed Animal Care can work with you to develop a treatment schedule that is customized to your pet’s needs. We encourage you to schedule an initial consultation to more thoroughly cover what the procedure entails and how we can help your pet maintain optimal wellness.