Managing Pain with Pet Laser Therapy
Pain affects more than the body. It affects your mood, behavior, and quality of life. The same is true for our pets, and since they can’t tell us how bad it hurts or even where it hurts, it’s up to us to try to soothe their discomfort with the tools we have.
While NSAIDs, opioids, and other medications are very effective and useful for short-term use, long-term use can have negative side effects. Luckily, pet laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free option for pain management that we can use to treat just about any cause of pain.
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How Laser Therapy Affects Your Pet
A therapeutic laser is a special handheld device that emits concentrated light energy. Our trained technicians set the laser to a specific frequency that suits your pet and their condition. They hold the device over your pet’s affected area, sending laser light deep into the damaged tissue. The light energizes cells, increases circulation, and triggers the body’s natural pain-killers (certain hormones). The result is reduced or eliminated pain, and a faster healing process, too.
Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy
Almost any condition that causes pain can benefit from laser therapy. The only time we don’t use the laser is for cancer patients because the laser light can inadvertently stimulate the cancer cells. Conditions that do benefit from therapy include:
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Joint injuries
- Wound repair
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical recovery
- And more
Your Pet’s Treatment Timeline
Depending on their condition and their response to therapy, your pet’s treatment time can vary greatly. A single session can be anywhere from 10-30 minutes. For wound repair or post-surgical recovery, your pet may only need one or two sessions to benefit. However, more chronic conditions such as arthritis will need several sessions, with one or two per week.