Get Your Goggles Out! Veterinary Laser Therapy is Here to Stay
What if we told you we have a magic wand that could relieve your pet’s pain, promote healing, and even improve their quality of life?
It may sound like fantasy or science fiction, but veterinary laser therapy, an innovative modality that’s grown in popularity in recent years, has the potential to be a total game-changer. This non-invasive, fast, and pain-free treatment uses focused, penetrating light to help animals recover from various types of conditions or injuries, and the Pet Experts have seen extraordinary results.
Veterinary laser therapy can be beneficial alongside or in place of medication, massage therapy, or acupuncture. The term “laser” originated as an acronym that stood for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Veterinary laser therapy, also known as cold laser, low-level laser, or class 4 laser, applies red or near infrared light with 4 different wavelengths that can be combined to target soft tissue, penetrate deep muscle tissue, and even reach bones.
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By aiming focused, penetrating light on an affected area, such as a joint, muscle group, or wound, veterinary laser therapy can alter physiology of cells and tissue.
When areas of the body absorb energy from the laser, cells are activated to grow, multiply, move, and repair (a process known as photobiostimulation). Tissue can be repaired by increased blood flow to the affected area, through the release of healing endorphins, and by decreasing inflammation.
Veterinary laser therapy has been found to benefit pets with various medical conditions, such as:
- Hip dysplasia
- Traumatic injuries
- Surgical incisions or soft tissue trauma
- Back pain from degenerative disc disease
- Mobility concerns from muscle, tendon or ligament injuries
- Ear infections
- Skin disorders, like hotspots or slow-healing wounds
- Kidney or liver diseases
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The handheld laser wand moves slowly over the area in question for approximately 5-30 minutes. Emitting a soothing warmth, many animals tend to doze off during treatments. Eye protection is necessary for both pets and veterinary staff.
Depending on the condition, we may schedule repeated sessions to maximize benefits. Some pets benefit from weekly sessions, others need daily attention for faster repair. Usually, animals show significant improvement after 2-3 treatments, but sometimes it’s directly following their first one!
Veterinary Laser Therapy and Your Pet
Laser treatment has no known side effects and is widely considered effective and safe. If you have questions about your pet’s medical condition, and want to know more about veterinary laser therapy, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have you covered.
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