Powerfully Pain-Free: Laser Therapy for Pets
As veterinary professionals and animal lovers, we get pretty excited about the many advances that are continually being made in the world of animal science, especially when it comes to pain relief. At Old Derby Animal Hospital, we’re proud to offer new modalities that support pet health and reduce suffering. Laser therapy for pets is one such technique that speeds healing time and alleviates pain. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome service!
How it Works
Laser therapy works by delivering a stream of deep-penetrating light energy, known as photons, to a specific location in the body. This energy initiates a series of chemical reactions that reduce inflammation, promote cell regeneration, increase blood flow to the area, and stimulate the release of endorphins.
Laser therapy for pets is a great option that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as:
- Joint pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Sprains and strains
- Chronic ear infections
- Complications from dental disease
- Post-surgical healing and pain relief
- Skin disorders
- Reduction in wound-site infection
At Old Derby Animal Hospital, we utilize a Class IV laser which is an extremely powerful technology that’s used extensively on both people and animals.
Laser Therapy for Pets
One of the most exciting things about laser therapy for pets is that it’s a pain-free, low-risk option with no known side effects. Each treatment is short, usually 10 minutes or less, and most pets experience dramatic relief after just one session (although several treatments are usually needed to achieve the best results).
Is My Pet in Pain?
Your pet can’t tell you when they’re hurting, but there are some signs to watch out for:
- Decreased grooming (or lack of grooming)
- Decreased tail wagging
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty getting up, lying down, or moving around
- Whining, growling, or other abnormal or increased vocalizations
- Trembling or shaking
To increase their effectiveness, laser therapy can be used in conjunction with other pain relief modalities, such as medications or physical therapy. Your veterinarian can help you develop a pain management plan that’s tailored to the needs of you and your pet. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Old Derby Animal Hospital.