Is Laser Therapy Right For Your Pet

Is Laser Therapy Right For Your Pet EdmondPet pain is an ordeal that pet owners have to manage at one point or another. Some pets are more prone to pain than others depending on the breed, size, location and lifestyle. Laser therapy is an option that can reduce your pet’s pain due to chronic conditions or following an injury or surgical procedure, helping relieve your worries and improve your pet’s quality of life.

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive, therapy that requires no medication or surgery to help relieve your pet of various types of pain cause by various conditions. Pet laser therapy uses red light, directed at the source of the pain to increase the healing rate of injured or damaged cells. The effect is reduced inflammation and increased circulation and cell regeneration in the treated area. The treatment is beneficial to chronic pain, injuries and post-operative healing.

There are cold laser treatments and hot lasers treatment options. Cold laser therapy also knows as Class IV laser or K-laser therapy is used to treat external pain and injuries, while hot laser therapy is best for deeper tissue conditions. Although cold laser has no noted risks, hot laser has a greater potential for cuts and burns due to heat exposure from more intense lasers. Memorial Road Pet Hospital offers K-laser therapy to treat your animal’s pain and injuries.

What types of conditions does laser therapy treat?

Pain cause by:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Feline Asthma
  • Trauma
  • Bruises
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Infections
  • Dermatological issues
  • And many other conditions

How do pets react to laser therapy?

Laser therapy has a relaxing effect on dogs. Because laser therapy releases endorphins in pets, they become calmer. Pets experience almost immediate pain relief which also has a calming effect and relieves an anxiety that the pet previously felt. Laser therapy has no know side effects, so you can rest easy that your pet won’t have to endure the nausea, vomiting and drowsiness that follows surgical procedures.

How long does treatment last?

Laser treatments average between 3 and 8 minutes per treatment, however your animal’s condition will determine the length of each session. And, since treatment is cumulative, multiple treatments may be required depending on the type and extent of your pet’s pain or injury.

How do I know if my pet has pain?

Animal pain can manifest in a variety of ways. Limping, crying, whining and yelping are the most noticeable, but pets have other ways of showing they are in pain. If your pet becomes lethargic, won’t eat or wag his tail, he might be experiencing pain. Another sign to look for is licking or biting the affected area. If your pet nips at you when you touch the area, it is likely that the area is painful.

At Memorial Road Pet Hospital, your pet’s care is of the utmost importance. If you are in the Edmond area, and your pet is experiencing pain, or has sustained an injury contact us today.