The use of lasers in modern medicine has led to a wide range of amazing new medical treatments and surgical techniques for humans. Now your cat or dog can enjoy the numerous benefits of veterinary laser therapy. Laser treatments for pets is a fairly new development, and it’s most commonly used for pain management.
For cats, dogs, and other animals with specific physical conditions, it’s often the only type of pain management available. Laser therapy is completely painless, safe, and non-invasive. Treatment sessions typically last just a few minutes and then your pet can go home with you. They often show immediate improvement in their pain symptoms. Keokuk Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped and trained to administer laser therapy and we’ve seen many happy outcomes from the procedure.
How Veterinary Laser Therapy Works
In this procedure, your vet uses a low-frequency beam of laser light to deliver energy at specific frequencies to the affected areas of your pet’s body. The laser light energy causes a reaction in the tissue cells called photobiomodulation, which triggers many healing effects including:
- Cellular growth and regeneration
- Release of endorphins to relieve pain
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased blood and oxygen circulation
- Muscle relaxation
All of these things help to speed healing and tissue repair and lessen pain and swelling. It can also help to reduce scar tissue formation after surgery and increase nerve function.
What Happens During a Session?
When you bring your pet to the Keokuk Veterinary Hospital for laser therapy, they’ll be made comfortable on a padded table and you’ll be able to stay with them and comfort them. You, your pet, and the veterinarian will all wear special protective goggles. Treatment sessions usually take just a few minutes, and often permanent improvement with some conditions can be accomplished in a single session. More serious conditions might require multiple treatments. Afterward, both you and your pet can go home and your pet will enjoy lessened pain and increased function and mobility.
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