Although lasers may seem like science fiction, they’re actually medical grade devices that are used for everything from complex surgeries to vision correction procedures. Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has also embraced this incredible technology with successful results.
K-lasers, or therapeutic lasers, are used primarily to benefit pets with chronic conditions that can cause pain and inflammation. Pet laser therapy can also be used as an adjunct to traditional treatments for injuries.
Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is pleased to offer this incredible service to our pet patients, and we encourage owners to learn more about the advantages of pet laser therapy.
Pet Laser Therapy: What is it and How Does it Work?
K-lasers, also called Class IV lasers, work by emitting low levels of infrared/near-infrared light to an affected area. This light stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms via photochemical reaction. This light energy, referred to as photons, impacts the body on a cellular level, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the area while stimulating endorphins (the body’s pain defense).
Some of the conditions that can be helped by pet laser therapy include:
- Orthopedic injuries
- Postoperative healing
- Degenerative joint/disc disease
- Dental disease and tooth extractions
- Skin disorders
- Ear infections
Lasers are often used when treating conditions affecting the muscles and ligaments, such as after a cruciate ligament repair, in order to strengthen and rebuild tissues.
What to Expect
Before scheduling therapeutic laser sessions, your veterinarian will consult with you and conduct a thorough exam to assess the issue being treated and develop the right treatment plan for your pet. In many cases, laser therapy is used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as medications, surgery, rehabilitative services, and so forth.
After an examination, we will determine the number of sessions most advantageous for your pet. Sessions typically last 10-20 minutes, and you are allowed to remain with your pet. The only requirement for laser sessions are the use of protective goggles.
Laser therapy is noninvasive and pain-free and is safe for any animal – including senior pets. It does not require sedation; most pets actually relax during the session since the light can produce a warming sensation. Many pets even doze off during their treatments.
If you would like to learn more about how therapeutic laser can help your pet, we encourage your questions and welcome your call.
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