Have you heard of laser therapy for your pet? Laser therapy is one of many innovative treatment options that can benefit your pet. Therapeutic lasers are used to treat a variety of health conditions and are a valuable tool for managing pain, promoting healing, and reducing inflammation. At Minnesota Veterinary Hospital, we believe in using various treatment options to provide your pet with exceptional long-term care.
Here is what you need to know about laser therapy and what it can do for your pet.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is also known as photobiomodulation therapy. The treatment works by emitting different wavelengths of light that stimulate cellular activity. When the light is absorbed by the cells, it alters the cell’s physiology and promotes growth and repair.
Different wavelengths of light are used to target specific tissues and cells within your pet’s body. Lower wavelengths are often used to treat the skin and superficial tissue, while higher wavelengths can penetrate deeper to treat muscle and bone.
This innovative therapy is used in a variety of species, including cats and dogs. Not only is laser therapy a safe and non-invasive treatment option, but it has also been shown to help a wide range of medical conditions.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
When it comes to laser therapy, there are many benefits for your pet. Laser therapy is a quick and painless procedure that reduces healing times and improves your pet’s long-term health.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), laser therapy can be used to promote healing and reduce inflammation. Some of the conditions that are commonly treated with laser therapy include:
- Surgical incisions
- Degenerative joint disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Tendon and ligament injuries
Laser therapy is commonly used in combination with other treatments. However, it is also an excellent option for pets with limited treatment options. Pets with liver disease or poor organ function are often unable to take medication to help with pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is a localized treatment and can be an excellent option for patients with these conditions.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Treatment
Laser therapy is performed by veterinary professionals who have undergone specific training. It is a low-stress treatment and does not cause your pet any pain.
The laser looks like a handheld wand and is gently rubbed over the area that is being treated. Your pet will feel a warm sensation, and many find the treatment relaxing. Treatment sessions are usually pretty quick and last between 15 and 30 minutes.
The frequency and the total number of sessions your pet requires will depend on their reason for treatment. Our team is happy to discuss treatment options and make recommendations based on your pet’s specific needs.
Give Us a Call!
If you would like to learn more about laser therapy for your pet or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 651-484-3331. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing how we can help your pet.
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