Also known as low-level or cold laser therapy, laser therapy is a non-invasive way to utilize the healing benefits of laser light. At controlled levels, laser can provide just enough energy to improve blood flow, fire up the creation of pain-killing chemicals, and encourage the formation of new cells.
What does this mean for your animal? During a laser therapy session, your pet’s laser therapy technician will send light rays right into the injured body part of your pet using a handheld device. When a pet gets laser therapy for knee pain, for example, the laser is held right over the knee. Laser therapy sessions can last from 3 to 10 minutes, depending on your animal’s treatment needs.
Laser Therapy for Cats and Dogs
Pets of every age and background can benefit from laser therapy. This all-natural option can provide relief from a variety of different conditions and symptoms . At Strohbehn Veterinary Clinic, we use laser therapy to give some of the following benefits for our cat and dog patients:
Speeding Up Healing Time
Generating New Tissue
Promoting Blood Flow
These benefits can be used on a variety of different injuries, conditions, and causes of chronic or acute pain. If your pet is in pain for any reason, we highly recommend a consultation with our in-house laser therapy vet. Below are some of the most common conditions that our team uses laser therapy to treat:
Gingivitis – This painful gum condition causes swelling and pain that may respond to cold laser therapy Degenerative Disc Disease – Cold laser therapy may help delay the progression of this age-related disease, which leads to disc loss that causes pain and irritation Neck and Back Pain – Pain relief is often an immediate side effect of cold laser therapy, especially pain related to irritated discs Muscle Strains and Sprains – Whether your pet’s tissue injury was acute or chronic, cold laser therapy can promote blood flow and reduce swelling to speed up the regrowth of new tissue Osteoarthritis – As joints lose cartilage and irritation increases, joint pain and mobility problems are common, but arthritis pain can be reduced with cold laser therapy Surgery Recovery – Our laser wand helps us stimulate tissue and promote the healing of incision sites