Laser Therapy for Companion Animals

Sep 2, 2021Blog Posting

The Non-Invasive, Drug-Free, Pain-Free Treatment

Aspen Veterinary Clinic is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment to treat various conditions. We often see Improvement within hours depending on the situation and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

How Laser Therapy Works

When your pet has an injury or painful area, we target the injured area with the laser. It stimulates the cells to promote growth and repair. In other words, it “jump starts” your pet’s cells and helps them to work more quickly and effectively. It increases circulation, decreasing swelling, and reducing pain.

The Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy research has proven it to be effective with many different issues in pets. Some of those things include:

  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
  • Ear infections

Conditions That Can Benefit from Laser Therapy

Because this therapy speeds up the body’s natural healing process, the number of uses for it is almost unlimited. Here are some of the conditions we can use this therapy to speed recovery and reduce pain:

  • Chronic arthritis
  • Surgical incisions
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Traumatic injuries

With laser therapy, we can reduce inflammation in their joints and help to block some of that pain. It also aids in the healing process that the body goes through.

Because laser therapy increases comfort and mobility, it can help relieve pain without the use of drugs.

Risks

There aren’t any risks when it comes to laser therapy. It is a safe and pain-free procedure. However, there are some specific conditions where it should not be used. For instance:

  • When a pet has a cancerous tumor growth.

When a pet’s cancer has spread to other areas, there is a possibility of targeting cancer cells which could accelerate cancer growth. For this reason, we do not use laser therapy.

  • If your pet is currently pregnant, it also shouldn’t be used.

At Home Lasers

Some types of low-level lasers are advertised and sold for use at home. However, we do not recommend them. Firstly, if a laser is so weak that it is safe for home use, it probably will not do much good. Secondly, therapeutic lasers can cause burning of the retinas and burn the treated tissues if misused.

What to Expect

Since the therapy does not cause any pain for pets, we do not sedate or restrain your pet. In fact, the experience is usually quite pleasant and comforting to them.

We wear eye protection and place eye protection on your pet to protect us and your pet from any eye damage. Otherwise, laser light can permanently damage the eyes.

Each treatment lasts around 3-8 minutes, but the length and frequency of treatments vary with your pet’s condition.

Most patients require several treatments for the most significant benefit. For this reason, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.

Summary

Simply put, laser therapy provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate. It is a safe and effective way to help your pet feel better and heal faster. Additionally, we can use laser treatment in combination with other types of treatment very effectively. If you have any questions, please contact us right away so we can set up an appointment.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Moriarty
Aspen Veterinary Clinic

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