Laser therapy uses photobiomodulation to reduce inflammation and encourage cell regeneration and growth. During this process, the body will release endorphins to aid in pain alleviation. The laser penetrates skin and tissues in order to stimulate any injured cells, whether on the skin or deep tissue. Laser therapy also increases blood circulation throughout the body which is important in many ways including cell regeneration. Cell regrowth is important for the skeletal and muscular systems. If your pet struggles with arthritic or injury-related pain, then laser therapy may be helpful.
Laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure. Your pet will not need to be sedated to receive laser treatment. Most animals actually enjoy the warmth from the light and find the laser relaxing and soothing. Your pet’s doctor will decide if laser treatment is right for him/her then choose the site to be treated with laser therapy. The area will not need to be clipped because the laser already penetrates through the skin. The laser wattage/strength and time duration will depend on the location and issue involving the affected area.
Symptoms shown by your pet that could be related to pain and discomfort:
Slow to rise
Limping or favoring of one side when walking or standing
Reluctant to sit
Mobility appears decreased
Conditions that can be improved through laser therapy:
Back or disc pain
Joint pain and arthritis
Tendon or ligament injuries
Soft Tissue injuries
Hot spots or infected wounds
Post-surgical incisions and sites
Gingivitis and inflammation of the mouth