Pet Laser Therapy Q&A
If you are a Hollywood pet owner and you are considering pet laser therapy for the first time, you probably have a few questions regarding the treatment. We have put together a Q&A to help you better understand this amazing therapy.
Is pet laser therapy new?
Pet laser therapy is relatively new with only about 600 veterinary clinics and hospitals across the country with laser devices. Laser therapy for humans is several decades old. The healing and rejuvenation associated with lasers has been sought out by professional athletes for years. 15 NFL teams have laser therapy units in their locker rooms. However it wasn't until recent advances in technology that the therapy became practical and affordable for veterinary use.
What conditions can be treated with pet laser therapy?
Because of the laser's ability to reduce inflammation and encourage new, healthy cell growth it can be used to treat a wide array of veterinary health issues. Best known for arthritis treatments, the laser can also be used for wounds, fractures, urinary tract infections, ear infections, dermatology issues, joint pain and many other conditions. Consult with your veterinarian for specifics.
How does it work?
A laser is light energy. The laser used in pet therapy sends a measured dose of light energy into deep tissue where it is absorbed by the damaged cells. The energy causes a chemical reaction that produces ATP the fuel required for new cell growth. The treatment also causes a release of endorphins that causes the pet to relax. The secret to the success of laser treatment is the production of ATP which encourages cells to selfheal and replicate.
How is the pet laser therapy applied?
The beauty of laser therapy is its simplicity. There are no special preparation requirements. The veterinarian simply passes a flashlight sized handpiece to administer the laser over the affected area. Your pet feels a soothing warmth and if pain is involved with the area it is relieved almost immediately. Treatment time depends on the condition being treated and the size of the dog or cat but is typically quick lasting less than 6 or 7 minutes. After the therapy there is no special care required.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects to laser pet therapy. This is one of the major advantages of laser therapy over drug therapies.
If you have any questions about laser therapy for your pet we encourage you to call us.