It wasn't that long ago that the idea of applying certain rehabilitation techniques to pets was almost unheard of. Now, thousands of veterinary practices and facilities are offering treatment protocols for pets utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
One of the fastest-growing treatments for animals is a quick and painless procedure called laser therapy. It's designed to speed and promote healing of soft tissue injuries, reduce chronic pain, and more.
Here at Short Pump Animal Hospital, we're proud to offer this technology to our patients in the Glen Allen, VA area.
Types of Laser Therapy for Animals
The increasingly popular treatment option goes by many names: low-level laser (LLLT), IB laser, cold laser, K-laser, and more. These lasers differ from surgery lasers, which are longer and designed primarily to cut or cauterize tissue. Low-level lasers are intended to have effects on tissue without causing any damage.
We suggest laser therapy for pets suffering from a number of ailments, including
- Sprains and Strains
- Other Muscle, Ligament & Tendon Injuries
- Open Wounds and Ulcerations
- Back Pain
- Neuromuscular Disease
In addition, we also recommend laser therapy for pets that have undergone surgery and have bruising and soft tissue trauma.
What to Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment
When you bring your pet in for a laser therapy treatment, they'll be in a designated room where they can relax.
During the treatment, the technician holds the laser wand directly over the affected area for several minutes. Your pet will wear protective goggles to protect their eyes until the therapy session is over. The laser penetrates the skin’s surface with minimal heating and causes no discomfort to the animal.
How Will You Know if Laser Therapy is Working?
Results of laser therapy can vary depending on an animal's condition, the location of an injury, and the cause. A dog or cat's age and activity levels must also be considered, but generally many animals seem more comfortable after the initial treatment and come back two or three more times. Others may only do one or two sessions and then continue laser treatment on an as-needed basis.
Overall, laser therapy has had good results and is seen as a valuable pain management tool. This is especially true for older dogs with degenerative joints or those animals that are unable to take pain medication. It is viewed as a great option for cats as well since there are fewer pain control options considered safe for felines.
Schedule an Appointment in the West End Today!
If you have questions about laser therapy, call Short Pump Animal Hospital today at (804) 360-0100! Our veterinarians and staff members are here to help you through the process and return your pet to a pain-free life.