Veterinary Laser Therapy
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No one wants their pet to be in pain, but many veterinary treatment options are invasive, expensive, and require recovery time post-treatment. Pet laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, painless, and surgery-free treatment that alleviates chronic or acute pain and inflammation. It also promotes the healing of many tissues in the body, including skin, ears, gums, muscles, and tendons.
What Is Pet Laser Therapy?
Also known as cold laser therapy, pet laser therapy is an innovative treatment that has gained popularity over the last several years. Unlike surgical lasers, cold lasers don’t heat tissue; instead, they use low-intensity, concentrated beams of light to stimulate the tissue for therapeutic purposes. The lasers use light waves of a specific wavelength (usually between 600 to 980 nanometers) to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiomodulation or altering cellular and tissue physiology. This process helps relieve pain and promote healing by stimulating or inhibiting biochemical pathways.
Laser therapy reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins and injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace and activating the lymphatic drainage system, reducing inflammation and pain. The laser also stimulates nerve cells to block pain signals from reaching the brain to reduce the amount of pain your pet experiences.
What Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat?
Cold laser therapy is used to treat a myriad of conditions, including:
- Acute and chronic ear infections
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative disc disease
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Dermatologic disorders
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Lick granuloma
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Periodontal disease
What are the Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy has several benefits: it’s effective, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. It’s pain-free, and many pets enjoy the process. Other benefits include:
- Increases the metabolism of specific tissues
- Speedy recovery of the structural integrity of damaged tissues
- Powerful anti-inflammatory effect
- Short treatment times
- Improves nerve function and nerve regeneration
- Traumatic wound healing
- Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
- Reduces pain within a short time
- Releases painful trigger points
- Reduces the formation of scar tissue
How Long Do Cold Laser Therapy Treatments Take?
Cold laser treatment length and frequency vary depending on your pet’s condition, but sessions usually last 8-30 minutes. Chronic conditions may be treated weekly, whereas surgical incisions and open wounds require daily treatment. Each treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your pet’s condition. Dr. Lam will help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your canine companion.
Schedule a Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Today!
Cold laser therapy manages pain, inflammation, and wound healing by stimulating cells, reducing nerve pain signals, and improving blood circulation and endorphins. Aspire Veterinary Center provides cold laser therapy in La Palma, CA, to help your pets recover from an injury, surgery, or a general health problem. If your furry family could benefit from cold laser therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us today!