Laser Therapy Offers Huge Benefits for Pets
The benefits of laser therapy can’t be overstated. It not only hastens healing, it actually improves the way tissue repairs and renews itself.
In post-operative patients, laser treatments reduce the risk of complications.
Lasers can reverse muscle atrophy and improve tendon and ligament strength and resilience. Range of motion, function, flexibility and mobility are all enhanced. In addition, the probability of re-injury is significantly less. Pets get back on their feet and return to normal activities faster.
Patients don’t need to be sedated. No drugs are involved; there are no IV lines and no invasive clipping of hair or cutting into the skin.
Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative, meaning each treatment builds on prior treatments and the animal’s condition improves continuously.
As a proactive, integrative veterinary hospital, we strive to combine the best traditional and alternative medical therapies to improve the health of every patient we treat.
Conditions currently treated successfully with lasers include:
• Acute and chronic ear infections
• Gum disease
• Skin wounds caused by abscesses, hot spots, and lick granulomas
• Anal gland infections
• Acute and chronic neck and back pain
• Post-surgery pain, healing, and rehab
• Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
• Arthritis; degenerative joint diseases like hip dysplasia
• Neuromuscular disease
• Certain GI, urinary, respiratory conditions
The potential uses of laser therapy are also exciting, and include treatment of:
• Allergic conditions
• Chronic rhinitis and bronchitis
• Bacterial and viral infections
• OCD (osteochondrosis dissecans), a joint cartilage disease mainly affecting large and
giant breed dogs
• Chronic inflammation of the intestines or urinary tract
• Snake and insect bites
• Control or treatment of certain tumors
• Neurologic events (concussions, strokes); peripheral nerve damage
How does it work:
Lasers work through a process known as photobiostimulation. The photonic energy delivered by the light of the laser changes cellular chemistry by:
• Increasing production of cell fuel (ATP, or Adenosine-triphosphate)
• Reducing inflammation and pain
• Increasing circulation at the injury site
Laser light in the red and near-infrared range triggers a photochemical reaction in the body that increases blood flow to tissues. This in turn promotes improved function in the growth, replication and repair of cells, as well as the production of important compounds like enzymes, DNA/RNA, immunoglobulins and proteins.