State of the Art Healing
We are proud to offer Laser Therapy as one of our treatment options. The laser speeds healing of tissues after surgery and reduces post-op patient discomfort. We use it most often after spay and neuter surgeries, but also for dental procedures involving extractions. In these cases, one treatment is done immediately after the procedure.
The therapy laser can also be used for wound healing, and we have seen some dramatic results. Another popular use is for osteoarthritis. It has no side effects and is drug free, making it an excellent option for our aging patients and those with liver or kidney disease. It is completely non-invasive, and most pets only notice a slight warmth as the laser penetrates the injured area. Many pets find the sensation soothing. In wound or arthritis cases, several treatments (avg 3-6) may be necessary depending on the severity and progress of the condition.
During the treatment, our veterinarian or veterinary technician will position the hand-held therapy laser over the area to be treated. The focused laser light then goes through the skin and deep into the tissues.
Each cell has parts that are sensitive to light and heat. Once absorbed, it is then transformed into energy. This added energy is used to speed regeneration of the cell and to reduce inflammation and swelling by carrying away waste products more quickly.
Treatment protocol will depend on the condition and severity, but generally treatments range from 3-15 minutes in length. Everyone in the area will need to wear protective eyewear while the laser is in use, and your pet's eyes will be directed away or covered. Pets can resume normal activity right after their visit.
We can use the therapy laser in addition to other treatments. You may notice your pet is more active and generally more relaxed and comfortable after treatment. This tells us that he/she is likely less painful, and treatment is working. They may not be able to speak, but their behavior can communicate volumes if we pay attention.
If you think your pet could benefit from this type of therapy, please give our office a call to schedule a consultation. 217-826-3185