Pet Laser Therapy Helps Pets Recover Faster
Laser therapy has long been used in human medicine but is now becoming a more common practice in veterinary medicine. Its benefits are comprehensive and far-reaching. Pet laser therapy has no risk of side effects and is safe for pets of all ages. At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan uses laser therapy as part of our rehabilitation services to help pets heal faster and more completely.
How Laser Therapy Works
Laser therapy is prescribed by your veterinarian and used primarily by trained technicians. They use a hand-held therapeutic laser and hold it over your pet’s problem area. The light energy emitted from the laser stimulates cellular growth and production, as well as blood circulation and other physiological effects that promote healing, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation.
Conditions Treated with Laser Therapy
We can use a therapeutic laser for almost any condition that causes pain. Numerous conditions benefit including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint injuries
- Wound healing
- Post-surgical recovery
- Lick granulomas
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- And much more!
The only situation in which we are not able to use the laser is a pet with cancer. The laser may inadvertently stimulate cancer growth.
How Many Treatment Sessions are Needed?
The number and length of your pet’s laser therapy sessions will depend on their individual condition and their response to treatment. Typically, acute conditions such as wounds and surgical incisions need only one or two sessions to benefit. Meanwhile, chronic conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia will need longer sessions once or twice a week for a certain length of time. Since laser therapy is cumulative, we’ll be able to taper your pet’s sessions off once we see improvement.