Laser Therapy for Pets Is Amazing
Laser therapy can have amazing results! Laser therapy has been used for decades to aid in pain relief and treat debilitating conditions and is now used for pets in hospitals all over the country. We are proud to be one of the only pet hospitals in the area to offer this treatment modality for dogs and cats. As an FDA-cleared technique, laser therapy can be used to safely and effectively treat over a dozen conditions, which is why it is becoming increasingly popular in the veterinary industry. Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital uses Companion Laser Therapy, the #1 leader in the field of laser therapy in the veterinary market, due to its consistent and positive results. Companion is also the only Class IV therapy laser built in the U.S. specifically for animals.
The term “laser” is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Unlike other pain relief options, laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive modality that uses an intense beam of light, which is delivered with a hand piece. Once the light penetrates deeply into the pet’s skin, it stimulates the cells to heal themselves, resulting in a reduction in inflammation and pain. This light application typically results in a warm, soothing sensation for the patient. The length and frequency of treatments vary from pet to pet and are typically dependent on the condition being treated. However, many pets experience positive results within minutes after treatment begins.
“Hi, My name is Harley. I am a senior citizen with chronic back and neck problems. Life isn’t much fun when you are in pain.
I was so nervous when I came here, but thanks to pressure point massage therapy my anxiety is gone. Now, I just chill out. Massage feels so good and is really relaxing. Just hope I don’t snore during treatment. Bet Mom would enjoy the massage.
Who knew acupuncture could ease the pain in my back. My sore spots are almost gone. Those little needles don’t hurt. Mom should have taken a picture of me looking like a pin cushion. Hey, now I can do a downward dog. Not bad for an old dude.
Laser therapy has been added to the other treatments. It helps those therapies work better. All I have to do is lay on the treatment table. I even get to wear these cool goggles to protect my eyes. I think I look just like Snoopy going after the Red Baron. The whole thing doesn’t take long.
Since I am feeling better I am back to my devilish self. I have to keep Mom and Dad on their toes. They’re senior citizens, too.
Well, I guess I talk too much just like my Mom. So kisses to Dr. Martin and my friends at NPVC.”
– Harley D.
What Conditions Is Laser Therapy Used For?
Laser therapy can be used to treat dozens of conditions in pets of all ages and health conditions. Some of the most common conditions that we use laser therapy to treat here at Northern Pike Animal Hospital include:
- Acute and chronic conditions
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Wound healing
- Cruciate ligament injuries
- Post-surgical healing/pain relief
- Neurological conditions
- Arthritis/degenerative joint disease
- Skin problems (lick granulomas, hot spots, etc.)
- Tooth extraction pain relief
- Degenerative joint disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Periodontal disease
- Geriatric care
- Feline acne
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
There are many benefits of Companion Laser Therapy for pets, our doctors, and even to pet owners, including:
- Pain relief
- Drug-free treatment
- Faster wound healing
- No need for sedation or hair clipping
- Reduction in inflammation
- Quick to administer
- Improved blood flow
- Improved nerve function
- Owners can be present during treatment
- Rapid results
- No known side effects
- Rapid cell growth
- Acceleration in tissue repair