If you’re used to being greeted with a wagging tail or pleasant purr, it can be scary to come home and find that your pet is suddenly behaving unlike himself. Whether your pet seems distant or displays physical signs of illness or injury, it’s important to recognize any subtle shifts in his behavior—and get him the care he needs sooner rather than later.
Although some ailments can be remedied with antibiotics and dietary changes, other chronic conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and tendonitis might require more extensive treatment. Once you’ve consulted with your local veterinarian, the next step for your pet could be laser therapy treatment.
Laser Therapy Explained
Approved by the FDA in the early 2000s, laser therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, painless procedure that largely reduces inflammation in the joints. By employing specific light wavelengths, the laser safely penetrates deep into the tissue and stimulates cellular activity. In turn, this stimulation increases circulation and releases endorphins to the affected area, soothing the animal and reducing inflammation.
What You and Your Pet Can Expect
Most laser therapy sessions last anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes, though areas requiring deeper tissue penetration can sometimes take up to 10 minutes. As the laser is administered, your pet will experience a gentle heat and almost immediate relief. While these treatment periods are quite short, they can continue to reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours afterward.
Laser therapy has a broad range of uses in veterinary medicine. It can expand surgical options, promote wound and tissue healing, and improve physical therapy results. If you think your pet has a condition that might benefit from laser therapy, our highly skilled and dedicated staff will be happy to help you schedule a wellness exam to review your pet’s treatment options.