When it comes to caring for your pets, at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice we are always striving to provide the best. From our AAHA accreditation to our state of the art diagnostic offerings we are want to you and your pet to experience the most current care.
Cold laser therapy is one more therapeutic option we have to offer our pet patients. Fewer of our clients are familiar with laser therapy as an option for helping their pet, so we thought we would take a few moments to better explain this valuable tool.
The Premise of Laser Therapy
When you think of a laser, you may have sci-fi images appear in your head. In reality, lasers are commonly utilized in many more practical ways on a day to day basis.
In veterinary medicine there are two main types of lasers routinely utilized. First is a surgical or cutting laser that can be used to cut tissue in place of a scalpel blade. Cold laser therapy is the second type.
Cold laser therapy we use a hand-held probe to target light energy called photons on a specific area. On a cellular level these photons cause the cells in the area to produce energy that is helpful in performing beneficial functions such as:
- Pain reduction
- Reduction of swelling
- Fighting off infection
Laser therapy sessions are generally very quick and are non-invasive. In fact many pets seem to enjoy the mild warming sensation associated with it. Treatment session length depends on the size and location of the area being targeted. More long-standing issues often need several sessions in order to see the benefits.
Laser therapy is very safe with no recognized side effects at this time.
How Your Pet Benefits
Laser therapy can be useful for almost any condition that benefits from reduction of pain, swelling, infection, and/or increased speed of healing. This means that the ways we can use it to treat our patients are numerous.
Most commonly we utilize laser therapy in pets:
- Post surgically
- For arthritis
- To treat orthopedic problems
- After trauma
- For skin or ear infections
- On wounds
Laser therapy is a safe and non-surgical option that allows a drug free approach to managing all sorts of veterinary conditions. Even better, it combines well with other more traditional options to amplify our results.
If you are wondering if your pet might benefit from laser therapy, don’t be afraid to ask us. We are happy to take the time to evaluate whether your pet is a good candidate for laser therapy.