Cats and dogs feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. Beechwold knows that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care, and we employ a gentle, animal-centered approach to all treatments. Just as in people, pain meds help for a less stressful recovery from surgery, dental work, and injuries. Knowing your pet and any concurrent conditions is important to choosing the best pain medication options.
Laser therapy is a great drug free way to help with healing of acute injuries as well as more chronic changes such as arthritis. Laser therapy is also a great adjunctive treatment to help other modalities work better for controlling pain.
There is nothing more disheartening than watching your pet suffer from pain. In the majority of situations, there is not much we can do to help with their aches and pains. However, Beechwold Veterinary Hospital may have a solution for you: Laser Therapy for Pets!
What is Laser Therapy for Pets?
Pet Laser Therapy is a therapeutic healing treatment that uses a light-modulation to relieve pain. This non-invasive procedure aids in treating a variety of conditions that your pet may face.
What Conditions is Pet Laser Therapy Used For?
Pet Laser Therapy may be used for chronic and acute conditions, as well as to reduce post-surgical pain and inflammation.
If your cat or dog suffers from one or more of the following conditions, veterinary laser therapy may be an ideal option for you:
- Degenerative joint and disc disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Dermatologic disorders (hotspots, interdigital dermatitis, acral lick granuloma)
- Acute and chronic otitis
- Post-operative healing (to treat incision pain and reduce inflammation)
- Acute traumas (sprains or strains without radiographic changes or ruptured ligaments)
- Neurological conditions
How does the Laser Process Treat My Pet’s Pain?
The Pet Laser Therapy process is quick and non-invasive. When your pup or kitten receives treatment, a light is circulated around the area in which they are experiencing pain. Light is emitted through a handheld device, and the motion is repeated for several minutes. The equipment contains a laser light that sends energy deep into your pet’s tissue, creating Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a chemical energy used to rejuvenate injured cells. As ATP does its part and repairs the battered cells, your pet will instantly feel a relaxing sensation and a warm relief from their pain.
What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets?
Over the past few decades, Pet Laser Therapy has proven to be a successful treatment for pet pain. Just as a deep tissue massage relieves pain for humans, laser therapy provides similar benefits for your pets.
The primary benefits of this procedure are the speed-healing factors, and that the procedure is non-invasive. However, there are several other benefits to veterinary laser treatments as well. Some of those advantages include:
- Deep, soothing laser therapy provides a drug-free option for enhanced care of pets
- Effective relief of pain, inflammation, and swelling
- Extremely well tolerated by pets
- No known side effects
- May decrease the need for surgery and medications
- Reduces healing time
- Requires no sedation or clipping
- Quick to administer (approximately 3 to 8 minutes per site)
How do I Schedule an Appointment?
Let’s face it- pets are valued members of our family, and it is never easy to see them in pain. If you pet is in pain, talk to us about laser therapy and see how it can help your furry family member. If you have any questions, or would you like to set up an appointment? Contact us or request an appointment!