Understanding Laser Therapy for Pet Pain Management

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Keeping our pets healthy and happy is always a priority. When our pets become sick or injured, it is difficult to watch them suffer. Finding the proper pain management is essential to keep our pets healthy. Laser therapy is an excellent option for pets who have recently suffered an injury or are combating a degenerative disease. Although it may seem frightening, laser therapy is safe, effective, and easy to perform.

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy uses an extremely low-grade laser to help treat your pet’s injuries. The small laser emits a laser beam through your pet’s fur and skin, penetrating the joint, muscle, or organs. The laser triggers increased blood flow which can promote healing and help keep tired, sore joints mobile. Laser therapy is completely safe, and there is no limit to the number of sessions or appointments. Plus, this gentle treatment is non-invasive, allowing your pet to heal and remain calm through treatment. Laser therapy is a wonderful alternative to pain management medications and offers a safe alternative to accelerate the healing process and promote healthy joints.

What Conditions Can Laser Therapy Help With?

This treatment option is popular because it can help with so many conditions for your pets. Laser therapy is great for cats and dogs, although it may be more commonly used with dogs. Some common ailments and injuries that laser therapy can help heal and treat include:

  • Recent surgery incisions
  • Broken bones
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Ear Infections

Because laser therapy helps generate blood flow and cell production, there is really no limit to the number of conditions or ailments laser therapy can help treat.

What Does a Normal Appointment Look Like?

A typical appointment for laser therapy treatment is quick and easy. At the start of the appointment, our team will ensure your dog stays calm and comfortable. Smaller dogs will rest on the examination table, while bigger dogs will lay on the floor. We will first touch the laser to your pet’s skin with the laser turned off, so your pet can become accustomed to the laser’s look and feel. Then, when your pet is comfortable, we will turn the laser on and begin treatment. Expect about five minutes of laser therapy for each joint or injured area.

How Many Sessions Will My Dog Need?

How many sessions your dog needs to treat an injury or illness will largely depend on your dog and your dog’s condition. For most patients, about twice per week is enough treatment to notice a significant improvement in your dog’s attitude and mobility. Expect two appointments per week for the first two months. If your dog still is stiff or having mobility problems after the first two months, it is possible to add a third appointment to the treatment plan. Laser therapy is safe and gentle, and it is not possible to over-treat an injury with laser therapy.