It is not easy to recognize pain in pets since they are good at hiding their pain. Cats are the number one culprit. They will only let you know they are in pain when it is too much. They may lose their appetite and do not groom themselves. In dogs, they get aggressive and may also lose their appetite.
To successfully intervene in these situations, you need to be observant so you can notice changes in your pet. When you do, find the pain and treat it early before it advances.
There are different options for treating pain in pets. One of these options is cold laser therapy. It is non-invasive and drug-free. Thus, you do not have to worry about the effects of medication on your pet. There is also no surgical pain, wounds, or fear of infection at the point of surgery.
During the treatment, a probe directs light energy to the area of pain. It takes about three to eight minutes. During this time, photons through light energy pass through the area of focus. They interact with the part of the cells that are sensitive to light. The stimulation triggers a healing reaction.
It prompts the release of endorphins that reduce inflammation. Cell regeneration helps repair old cells and the growth of new ones. It results in fast healing from injuries and wounds. It also increases blood circulation, causing white blood cells and nutrients to reach healing areas faster.
Cold laser therapy treats chronic and acute conditions in pets. These conditions include dental pain, fractures, sprains, arthritis, abdominal pain, ear inflammation, back and neck pain. Your vet will prescribe a couple of sessions depending on your pet’s condition. The intensity of the sessions will also depend on how chronic the pain is.
For pain relief, laser therapy works through vasodilation. Vasodilation is the widening of blood vessels, resulting in the relaxation of their muscular walls. It also activates the lymphatic drainage system, allowing for the reduction of inflammation in swollen areas. When inflammation decreases, so does the pain.
Cold laser therapy also reduces pain by stimulating the nerve cells that block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Finally, it stimulates the production of endorphins that are natural analgesics, bringing pain relief to your pet.
Laser therapy helps with the healing of injuries and wounds. Whether from accidents or post-surgery, your pet may be in pain. The faster the wounds heal, the faster the pain will go away. The therapy works directly on wounds, reducing inflammation, strengthening tissue, and speeding up healing. It enhances your pet’s quality of life, helping relieve pain and improve their mobility.
Laser therapy is also enjoyable for pets, and in some cases, you will notice instant relief after the first session. They relax and even start associating the sessions and the environment with something pleasant. If your pet is recovering from surgery or an injury and you notice signs of pain, try cold laser therapy.
For more on cold laser therapy for pets, visit Country Veterinary Clinic at our office in Live Oak, California. You can also call (530) 491-4500 to book an appointment today.