What comes to mind when you think of laser therapy? Hopefully it doesn’t involve a tall guy in a black cloak with a lightsaber. All kidding aside, laser therapy is a procedure used to treat arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing with a beam of light that generates heat and reaches deep within the tissues. It has been used in human medicine for over 40 years and luckily our furry friends are now receiving the same benefits of this type of therapy.
Depending on your pet’s specific needs, laser therapy may only be used once (to aid in healing a spay incision, for example) but more likely, it will be a series of beneficial treatments. Let’s take a dog with arthritis in his hips, for example – Our vet will prescribe a laser therapy plan tailored to your pet’s needs. This often means starting off with frequent visits for laser treatments every couple of days that typically taper down to maybe once or twice per week thereafter.
During the procedure, your pet will relax on the floor while one of our animal health technicians (wearing a necessary but ridiculous looking pair of safety glasses) will determine the duration and strength needed for your pet’s particular need. This typically means a few minutes of laser time per area needed to be treated. When everything is ready, our technician will start the procedure by moving the hand-held laser in a “grid” pattern along your pet’s problem area. Most pets quite enjoy the laser therapy session itself as the warmth is comforting and should feel pretty good (who wouldn’t want a warm massage?)! After the few minutes are up, your pet is free to go – after some cuddles and treats, of course. As you can see, laser therapy is quick, painless and it really can improve the quality of your pet’s life.
If you think your pet would benefit from laser therapy (or if you have any questions about it), please contact us. For the month of December, we are offering 50% off our laser therapy packages of 6 sessions or more – so if you’re thinking about it, now is a great time!