Here at Cottage Pet Hospital, we pride ourselves on always searching for new ways to treat our patients – especially where pain is concerned. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to help with a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments.
Laser treatment employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, treatments vary in length. Most areas require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for animals are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your dog’s condition.
The laser has many other attributes, as well. There tends to be less tissue trauma, less bleeding and there is often minimal swelling after the procedure. In addition, surgical time and post-surgical pain may be reduced.
Laser surgery is becoming much more popular for commonplace procedures. Laser surgery can be used for a variety of operations, including spays and neuters, ear, eye and eyelid surgeries, oral surgery and lump or tumor removals.
Laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis/hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
Many of our veterinary therapy patients are senior pets. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Lack of grooming
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite