Did you know that laser therapy is a safe and effective way to treat many types of health issues in pets? Also known as cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, this modern treatment is becoming very popular in the world of veterinary medicine. Here at Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center, we’re happy to offer this cutting-edge option. A local Carolina Forest, SC veterinarian discusses laser therapy in this article.
As the name suggests, laser therapy is based on the use of lasers. (Note: the word ‘laser’ is actually an acronym for Light Amplification By Stimulated Emission Of Radiation.) While some lasers do cut through tissues and materials, the ones used for therapy do not. Therefore, laser therapy is completely non-invasive. The treatment uses light waves to stimulate the body’s cells. This fuels protein synthesis and cell metabolism, which in turn improves cell functions. It doesn’t take long for the treatments to work. Some pets show marked improvement in as little as 12 hours after their treatments!
Laser therapy is now commonly used to treat a variety of issues, including muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries; wounds; hot spots; degenerative disc disease; ear infections; strains and sprains; and inflammation. It’s also very helpful in facilitating healing after surgery.
One of the best things about laser therapy is the fact that it has no known side effects. None! This alone is of course a huge advantage in and of itself. However, it’s not the only beneficial thing about laser therapy. Laser therapy does not require the use of anesthesia. Pets also don’t have to be shaved or kept overnight. Plus, treatments are quite short, rarely lasting more than half an hour. That makes them easy to fit into your schedule. The treatments can be repeated as often as needed. Your furry pal also won’t need any aftercare, aside from maybe a good nap and some extra cuddles.
Although laser therapy is wonderful, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every possible issue our furry friends face. Treatment options are always offered on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis has been made. If you think it may be right for your dog or cat, give us a call to learn more. It never hurts to ask questions! Do you think your pet could benefit from laser therapy? Contact us, your Carolina Forest, SC veterinary clinic, today!