Through the use of K-Laser therapy or cold laser therapy, modern veterinary medicine has made great strides in treating chronic pain and expediting patient recovery. This form of treatment has been readily embraced because of its many applications, noninvasive and painless nature, it doesn’t require medication or anesthesia, and can even be soothing to many pets.
An Overview of Pet Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. K-Laser therapy, as offered at Animal Medical & Surgical Center, relies on a high-powered grade of Class IV lasers. These lasers are FDA-approved and are operated by veterinary professionals who have completed the appropriate training and certification.
The number of laser therapy sessions your pet needs will depend on the condition and how rapidly he or she responds to the treatments. We generally see improvement within the first few sessions, which can be a huge relief for pets experiencing chronic pain.
How it Works
During the procedure, a laser emits a concentrated dose of light (photons), which stimulate the cells and encourage circulation to the area being treated. This helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing by oxygenating the tissues of the wounded or damaged site.
Most sessions last 10-20 minutes and require protective eyewear be worn by you and your pet. Unlike other forms of treatment, laser therapy allows you to remain in the room, providing love and comfort during the procedure. The process is also painless, producing only a tingling or warming sensation.
As more effective laser technologies develop, we’re better equipped to treat conditions or traumas that once required risky or complex treatments.
Class IV K-Lasers are currently used to improve the following conditions in cats and dogs:
- Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
- Wounds and fractures
- Hot spots and dermatological disorders
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Sprains and ligament tears
- Ear infections
- Dental disease
- Postoperative recovery
- Sinus infection and allergies
Along with this exciting, versatile form of treatment, Animal Medical & Surgical Center also provides advanced surgical procedures, pain management, and other specialty and wellness services.
The Benefits of Pet Laser Therapy
There are many ways laser therapy benefits our pets. In some cases, it can even prevented the necessity for scalpel surgery. Advantages include:
- Significantly reducing pain and improving mobility in pets with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and similar chronic issues
- Decreasing the need for surgery for acute injuries
- Offering an alternative therapy for pets who can’t tolerate medications due to compromised liver or kidney health
- Speeding up postoperative recovery times
- Decreasing the amount of time needed for fractures to heal
To schedule a consultation for your pet and to learn more about laser therapy, please contact us today.
We look forward to helping you create the optimal treatment plan to enhance the health and wellbeing of your pet!