When our pets experience any sort of pain or discomfort, it can be difficult to find ways to provide them relief beyond traditional surgeries or medication. In recent years, veterinary medicine has dedicated to improving the use of cold-laser therapy on patients suffering from pain or related issues. Cold-laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation. Through this, pain signals are reduced, and nerve sensitivity decreases, providing a patient with an entirely new level of relief.
Laser therapy can be used for numerous purposes. Hillside Animal Hospital Associate Veterinarian Candice Emerson notes that laser treatment is used “post surgically to improve healing time and reduce post-surgical pain. It is also useful for skin conditions like hot spots and ear infections, arthritis and back pain”. Laser improves blood flow, and oxygen and nutrient delivery which provides an optimal healing experience for pets. It also works to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain as well as provide a release of endorphins, or natural pain killers, throughout the body. Treatments can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes depending on veterinary recommendation.
Laser treatments have given dogs a new chance at a long-lasting and comfortable life. Some have even found that laser can completely replace the use of medication after some time of use. The thought of our pets experiencing pain in their senior years can be daunting, which is why laser treatments have provided peace of mind for pets and their owners. Supported by vets worldwide and by AAHA, laser therapy is definitely a path of strong consideration for the overall comfort and well-being of pets of all kinds.
By Daphne Graf, Client Service Representative