At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we are always searching for new and better ways to care for our beloved patients, especially where pain and healing are concerned. In the not-too-distant past, we relied almost exclusively on postoperative medications for pain management following surgeries and injuries, and for many persistent health conditions, but laser therapy for pets is changing that.
The most recent class of lasers was approved by the FDA for use on humans and pets in 2005, and has provided a way for veterinarians to offer a non-invasive, pain-free alternative or accompaniment to traditional pain management and healing methods.
How It Works
Cold laser therapy for pets uses deep-penetrating light to produce a series of chemical reactions in the target cells known as photobiostimulation. The use of laser light stimulates endorphin release, which is critical for pain management, and encourages healing in the targeted tissues. Some of the positive effects of these happier, healthier cells include:
- Reduction in pain
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Increased blood flow to the affected area
- Decreased recovery time following surgery or injury
- Reduction in harmful bacteria/risk of infection
Cold laser therapy may also be referred to as Low Level Laser or Class IV Laser therapy. Each term refers to the same therapy and uses the same equipment.
Who Benefits from Laser Therapy for Pets?
Because laser therapy for pets in non-invasive and has no known side-effects associated with it, it’s a good option for any pet who is suffering from pain, inflammation, or needs help with healing. Laser therapy can help pets with any of the following situations:
- Postoperative healing
- Arthritis or orthopedic problems
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
- Chronic skin or ear infections
- Neurological conditions
- Open wounds and hotspots
- Gingivitis and other dental issues
- Anal gland infections
Will Laser Therapy Hurt My Pet?
The short answer to this is “no”. Once the treatment begins, your pet may feel a soothing warmth, slight tingling, or no sensation at all. Many pets become so relaxed during their treatments that they fall asleep!
Do you have any further questions regarding laser therapy for pets? Please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center for more information about this incredible technology.