Many new technologies are being adapted to help veterinarians care for their patients. Laser therapy is a non-invasive method of facilitating healing deep within the tissues of an animal’s body. It can be used for a variety of veterinary issues and is both effective and painless. At Little Animal Hospital in Longview, TX, we provide pet laser therapy to aid in pain management and healing for our patients.
What Is Pet Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy involves the use of a low frequency of laser light to promote biological changes in the deep layers of the skin, encouraging healing. The device includes both a mechanism to produce and control the frequency of the laser light and a hand-held wand, which is used to pass over the surface of the body. The low frequency of the laser produces a reaction called “photobiomodulation,” which releases healing and pain-relieving chemicals in tissues. This reaction can help animals that are experiencing a variety of health issues.
What Conditions Can Laser Therapy Help?
Laser therapy has been shown effective in treating joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Periodic laser treatments can help to reduce discomfort, increase mobility and heighten the quality of your pet’s life. The technology can also be used to help heal wounds after surgery. Laser therapy is also being used to heal chronic skin conditions that are resistant to other methods. Animals that have a liver impairment or who cannot tolerate certain pain medications can benefit from laser therapy to reduce discomfort.
What Happens During A Laser Therapy Session?
Generally, animals don’t require tranquilizing for the process, unless they are very active. Many animals find the process very relaxing and will sleep during the procedure. Nor is shaving of fur needed for the process. Your pet will lie down on a table or a blanket on the floor for the laser treatment. A hand-held device is passed over the surface of the skin for several minutes. The animal does not feel any pain or discomfort. In addition, there are no side effects from laser therapy. Usually, several sessions are recommended to provide maximum benefit.
Make Little Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian For Pet Laser Therapy
Dr. Little and the team at Little Animal Hospital provide quality care for all their patients in Longview, TX, and surrounding communities. We offer a broad range of veterinary services for pets, including vaccinations, wellness exams, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, orthopedic care, and boarding. Contact Little Animal Hospital today at (903) 759-8781 for an appointment to learn how laser therapy can help your pet.