laserdog2 (1)The use of lasers to treat a wide variety of conditions is nothing new in human medicine, but in veterinary medicine we are just starting to realize its power. This relatively new treatment modality is just one more way we are bringing the forefront of veterinary medicine to our patients at Naperville Animal Hospital.

 What Is Laser Therapy?

Therapeutic laser, or “cold” laser therapy uses a focused light beam to deliver light energy (or photons) to a specific area of the body.

How Laser Therapy Works

Photons are able to act directly on the cells in the target tissue. The photons are absorbed into the cell and converted into cellular energy, which stimulates the cells to produce a variety of proteins and increases cell metabolism. This results in healthier, better functioning cells. Pets that receive laser therapy treatments often have:

  • Reduced pain

  • Decreased inflammation and swelling

  • Increased blood flow to the area

  • Decreased healing time

  • Decreased incidence of infection

Who Can Benefit from Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Veterinary laser therapy is used for a wide variety of conditions and is able to be coupled with more mainstream techniques in many instances. Some more common applications for pets include:

  • Post-surgical healing

  • Pets with arthritis

  • Injuries such as fractures or soft tissue injuries

  • Pets with chronic skin or ear conditions

  • Help with wound healing

  • Pets with neurological conditions

How Veterinary Laser Therapy is Done

An external handheld probe is used to direct the photons to a certain part of your pet’s body. This is painless and many pets actually seem to enjoy the process. Sedation or anesthesia is not necessary for the vast majority of pets. The entire process often takes less than 15 minutes depending on the nature and extent of the area being treated.

Many owners will notice changes in their pets immediately, however multiple treatments are required to see the full benefits of laser therapy. There are no known side effects, making therapeutic laser a great option for many of our patients.

When can I Schedule an Appointment?!?

Veterinary laser therapy truly is a great option for many pets. Because it is fast, non-invasive, and carries no risks, there is no downside to supporting most treatment plans with laser therapy. If you think that your pet might benefit from the addition of therapeutic laser to his or her treatment plan, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have or to schedule a consultation appointment to evaluate your pet’s needs.