Pet Laser Therapy: Soothing, Non-Invasive Pain Relief
Helping owners manage their pets' pain is extremely important to us. While our pets tend to carry on despite their discomfort, their condition is likely more serious than we think. Pain can be debilitating and diminish your pet's health. If they have limited mobility, they may also even have a shorter lifespan. That's why Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital proudly offers pet laser therapy to Paddock Hills and surrounding areas. Whether you have a senior pet suffering from arthritis or a younger pet that is recovering from surgery, laser therapy can significantly improve their well-being.
How It Works
Pet laser therapy is completely non-invasive, drug-free, and safe for our patients. We perform this procedure using a wand-like device that emits photons (light energy) that safely penetrate through muscle tissue. The light particles interact with your pet's cells to speed healing, reduce pain and decrease inflammation. Furthermore, we set the laser light to a specific frequency according to your pet's species, breed, size, coat and skin color, age, and condition.
What It Can Treat
Laser therapy has been used for many years to successfully treat humans, and it is producing equally encouraging results for our pets. While it is not a cure, pet laser therapy can improve many different health conditions, including:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Chronic ear infections
- Lick granulomas
- Various injuries
- Surgical incision sites
- Hot spots
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
What To Expect at Your Pet's Laser Therapy Session
Laser therapy sessions can take 10-15 minutes, and we always perform them in the exam room where you can be present. As a safety precaution, you, your pet and the technician performing the procedure will need to wear protective goggles. Since the laser light is warm, it creates a soothing effect that can put your pet to sleep! Therefore, we can also perform the procedure on the floor if your pet is more comfortable there.
Laser therapy can be used just once for acute conditions and post-op care, but chronic issues require multiple treatments. An average laser therapy package includes 6-8 sessions, but this can vary based on how well your pet responds to treatment, which can be ongoing.
If you have any questions about laser therapy or want to discuss this treatment for your own pet, be sure to let us know!