Laser Therapy for Pets
Laser therapy isn’t quite as new as many people think. First used in the 1970s, it has continued to evolve and improve and today, it has now been certified for use in both medical and veterinary use. This minimally-invasive treatment is now being utilized in veterinary medicine in a variety of different ways, enabling your pet to experience all of the benefits associated with this technique.
We are pleased to be able to offer both surgical and cold laser therapy here at our veterinary medical facility in Live Oak, CA.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy is a very safe and effective treatment that takes high-energy beams of light and directs them into your pet’s body. Depending on the type of laser used this can either be to make scalpel-free incisions by destroying tissue in order to perform surgeries, or to produce something known as ATP cellular energy which your pet’s body will then use to repair damaged cells. This expedites healing and reduces pain and inflammation.
What problems can laser therapy be used for?
Laser therapy has shown to beneficial in helping to manage or treat a variety of different veterinary issues such as the following:
Anal gland infections
Chronic ear infections
Degenerative joint disease
Gum disease treatment
Healing after surgical procedures
Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
Urinary tract infections and conditions
Our experienced veterinary team will be able to advise you whether your pet has a condition that is suitable for being treated using laser technology.
What to expect from your pet’s laser therapy
Exactly what you can expect from your pet’s laser therapy will depend on his individual requirements and why you have chosen to use this form of treatment.
Laser therapy for pain and chronic condition management and treatment, and healing
In most cases, laser therapy can be performed with little to no need for anesthetic, meaning that you do not have to worry about your pet being in any discomfort. He may experience some sensation, such as warmth and tingling. However, these will not be painful. In fact, laser therapy is often so relaxing that many pets will fall asleep!
Each pet has very unique needs and for this reason, exactly how many sessions of laser therapy your furbaby may need may vary. It may also be subject to how well he responds to treatment. Most animals are invited to attend an initial course of up to 4 laser therapy sessions spaced over the course of several weeks. After this time, your pet may need maintenance visits. We will be delighted to give you an indication of how many sessions we think your pet will need when you come in for a consultation.
Laser therapy for surgery
Where laser therapy is being used to perform surgery, it may be necessary for your pet to have some sedation. This is because sedative medications will ensure that he remains completely still – something which is essential if your professional is to perform the surgery with total precision. The laser will be used to make any cuts in place of a scalpel, increasing the accuracy with which the procedure can be performed, limiting damage to surrounding healthy tissue and reducing the risk of human error. Laser technology can also be used to cauterized wounds in the place of sutures, and since it is completely sterile, there is far less risk of infection. The use of lasers has also been shown to reduce the amount of scar tissue that forms inside or outside of your pet’s body.
If you have further questions about laser therapy for pets, please get in touch with our experienced veterinary team at our facility in Live Oak, CA today.