There are numerous uses for laser therapy in our pets. This fantastic modality allows us to treat a myriad of conditions including arthritic pain, skin wounds, infections, post-op healing, and more. This non-medicating treatment is a simple way to help your pet heal and lead a more comfortable life.
We most commonly use our laser to help manage arthritic pain. Many people aren’t sure if their pet is painful, or often think their pet is comfortable when they are not. Signs that your dog or cat may be experiencing pain include slowness getting up, reluctance to interact with the family, not wanting to go up/down stairs, and other behavioral changes. Dogs will frequently slow down on walks, or not want to go at all. They may not get up to greet you when you come home, or even start to have accidents in the house because they don’t want to go outside. Cats may hide more, or shy away from being pet. They may also jump on/off furniture and counters less frequently, and can start having accidents outside of the litter box because it is hard to get into the box.
Laser treatments focus light energy into tissues to help with inflammation, pain, and accelerate healing. Each individual treatment takes about 10 minutes. Your pet will wear protective eye gear to keep their eyes safe while they are receiving their treatment.
Smaller dogs and cats usually sit comfortably in the lap of our technician, while larger dogs seem most comfortable on a blanket on the floor. Your pet will initially receive 2 treatments per week for the first 4 weeks, followed by a treatment every 3-4 weeks as maintenance.
Before beginning laser treatments for your cat or dog, we will have you meet with Dr. Todd. She will listen to your concerns and examine your pet. Together you will decide if laser treatment is right for your pet. We have many modalities available to manage any pain or discomfort your pet may be experiencing.
If your cat or dog is experiencing any signs or pain or discomfort, or you aren’t sure if they are painful, please reach out to us. We are here to help you when your pet can’t tell you what’s wrong.