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Pet Laser Therapy for Pain Relief & Healing

Laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy, is a drug-free, non-invasive, pain-free approach to pet pain management. It helps to relieve pain and inflammation and promote healing at a cellular level. At Spencer Animal Hospital, we use pet laser therapy to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

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It’s a great place to go. All the employees are so kind and they are great with your pet.

- Denise F.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy uses light energy to penetrate deep into your pet’s tissue where it stimulates a series of photochemical reactions. These reactions have a number of benefits for your pet including:

  • Energizing cells to repair damaged tissue at an accelerated rate
  • Triggering the release of endorphins which aid in reducing pain
  • Activating the lymphatic drainage system and opening blood vessels, which reduces inflammation

Conditions Treated by a Therapeutic Laser

Pet laser therapy has the ability to help pets with a wide range of conditions. Some of the conditions we use laser therapy for include:

  • Post-operatively (we use the laser after every surgical procedure)
  • Wound healing
  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Ear infections
  • Lick granulomas and other skin conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Gingivitis
  • Back pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • And more

Senior and geriatric pets, with their old-age aches and pains, can especially benefit from laser therapy. It can help them regain their mobility and quality of life.

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Does Laser Therapy Cause Any Side Effects?

As a drug-free, non-invasive modality, pet laser therapy has no known side effects and is considered very safe for pets of any age. There are only a handful of situations where we would not use laser therapy including a pet with cancer or over the uterus of pregnant pets. Otherwise, the procedure is entirely safe.

What to Expect for Laser Therapy Sessions

For laser therapy sessions, you are more than welcome to join us for your pet’s treatment. All we ask is that everyone in the room, including your pet, wear goggles to protect their eyes from the laser. You’ll be able to hold and pet your dog or cat throughout treatment to keep them calm, although pets generally tend to enjoy their sessions.

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Treatment Timeline

If we recommend laser therapy for your cat or dog, their sessions will vary depending on the condition we’re treating and your pet’s response to treatment. Sessions can last as little as 5-10 to as long as 30 minutes. Your veterinarian will develop a specific treatment schedule for your pet. Since laser therapy is cumulative, your pet’s benefit will grow with every treatment, so sessions usually taper off to once a week, once every two weeks, and so on.

 

Talk to us today if you think your pet would benefit from laser therapy, and we’ll set up an evaluation!

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