Beam Me Up, Scotty: All About Laser Therapy for Pets
Supporting your pet’s quality of life through cutting edge treatment modalities is something we value deeply here at New Haven Pet Hospital.
Offering affordable and effective relief from pain and suffering is one of the most important ways we can have a positive impact on the lives of our patients, and laser therapy for pets does just that!
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but in reality this FDA-cleared treatment has been around for 40 years. Originally used only on humans, this modality is now being used on pets to treat chronic and acute pain and promote post-operative healing. Laser therapy for pets is safe, fast, and painless.
How Does it Work?
Veterinary laser therapy (also known as cold or low-level laser) uses a deeply penetrating light to stimulate a series of biochemical reactions called photobiostimulation.
This stimulation causes cell regeneration, reduces inflammation, and increases blood circulation to the targeted tissues. Nerve cells are stimulated, blocking pain signals to the brain, and endorphins are released that further promote healing.
Laser therapy for pets can be used to treat any of the following conditions:
- Arthritis/joint pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative hip disease
- Soft tissue trauma
- Muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries
- Ear infections
- Hot spots
What’s Involved in Laser Therapy for Pets?
Laser therapy is non-invasive and pain-free. The light is delivered through a handheld device to the affected area. Your pet will feel a soothing warmth heat. In fact, some pets become so relaxed they fall asleep during treatment! Treatment lengths vary depending on the situation (most range from 3-10 minutes) and there are no side effects.
Improvement is often seen after only one treatment, but several treatments are often needed to gain the maximum benefit.
Know Thy Pet
Pets are hardwired to hide signs of pain, so it’s up to us to keep an eye out for any potential problems or changes to their usual patterns and behaviors. Signs your pet may be suffering include:
- Difficulty getting up, lying down, or getting around
- Behavior changes (aggression, depression, hiding)
- Decreased appetite
- Shaking, trembling
- Decreased tail wagging
Please don’t hesitate to contact our team for more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet.