Pet Laser Therapy FAQ
Pet laser therapy offers a unique treatment option for a variety of dog and cat issues associated with age, injury, and inflammation. It is safe, comfortable, and highly effective for multiple issues both chronic and acute. This frequently asked question about laser therapy for pet’s collection will hopefully help you decide if it is the right choice for your furry friends.
How does laser therapy work?
The laser, basically a concentrated beam of light, is directed into the afflicted body part using a hand-held device. A process called photobiomodulation occurs, which reduces pain signals and inflammation quickly. It increases blood flow and affects nerve function beneficially.
The dog or cat will not need to be sedated in most cases unless they are particularly agitated and will not lie still. This treatment does not require shaving any fur or other preparations.
What can this treatment help with?
Most disorders or conditions that benefit from laser treatments involve pain and inflammation. These include arthritis, broken bones, torn ligaments, hip dysplasia, joint or spine pain, and more. It also speeds up recovery time for several types of surgery, wounds of any kind, and trauma. Infections, ear problems, and skin conditions also receive recovery help with lasers.
Most pet owners are well in tune with the signs of pain or discomfort in their dogs or cats. Stiffness when walking, inability to jump or run, and a slower or awkward gait may indicate they can be helped with these types of treatments. More severe pain may manifest in limping, grooming changes, no tail wagging or purring, loss of appetite, and changes in mood and behavior toward family and friends.
Will the pet feel pain during the appointment?
No! The pet may feel warmth from the laser and a slight tingling sensation but never any pain or other unpleasant sensations. In fact, this therapy option often works so quickly that a marked reduction in pain may occur during the treatment session itself. The dog or cat may very well leave the office feeling better than when they came in with you.
Are there any conditions where laser therapy is dangerous?
Lasers should not be used on the eyes, reproductive organs, pregnant females, bone growth plates on younger pets, and malignant or benign tumors. Always reveal all medical conditions when talking with the person who will be administering therapy.
How long will it take for relief?
Most pet owners report their dog or cat feeling better the first time they get laser therapy. Issues like recovery from surgery or an acute inflammation may need two to five sessions for a couple of weeks. Chronic conditions like arthritis and dysplasia will receive ongoing treatments for continuing pain relief and increased mobility.
How much will this cost?
Costs vary depend on the condition being treated, how many sessions are necessary for relief, and other factors. Discuss overall prices and payment options when scheduling an appointment.
Is this some new experimental treatment?
Laser therapy has been used for humans for decades and has extensive evidence backing up its efficacy claims. While pet use is more recent, it is showing the same benefits and lack of danger or side effects.
If you have additional questions about animal laser therapy after reading these pet laser therapy faq, please contact us today. Your dog or cat will appreciate the careful research you do to choose a therapy that will alleviate their pain, speed healing, and make them feel energetic and vibrant once more.