Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, inflammation, and speed the healing process. Veterinary laser therapy has been scientifically proven to help treat post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.
Laser therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue, absorbing into the cell without damaging it and inducing a response called “photo-bio-modulation,” which helps reduce pain. While treating the affected area, the laser light generates a feeling of gentle and soothing warmth.
Seeing our pets suffer is difficult for every pet owner. At Family Pet Hospital, we offer an alternative solution to pain management: Class IV laser therapy. Laser therapy has been shown to help reduce inflammation and pain as well as promote healing in many parts of the body. We use Class IV lasers, which are the highest-powered lasers. This means that we’ll need to use the laser for less time than a less powerful laser.
If your pet has a chronic condition like arthritis or has just had surgery, ask our Edmond veterinarians if laser therapy might be helpful for your pet. Call (405) 294-1088 to learn more.
Therapy lasers are primarily used to reduce swelling, pain, and speed the healing process. These mechanisms allow us to successfully treat a wide range of conditions non-invasively and without drugs.
Studies indicate that laser-treated wounds heal 30-50% faster than the typical required healing time. Just a single laser treatment can reduce swelling and speed up the healing process post-surgery. Skin wounds, abrasions, bite injuries, dermatitis, and burns all respond well to laser therapy as well.
Our laser therapy uses a more modern and high-powered therapeutic laser that can deliver adequate dosages of laser energy (photons) painlessly and efficiently to deeper tissues. This laser is extremely beneficial in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease or injury, and degenerative joint diseases. This is a great therapy option for geriatric patients who suffer from one or more of these chronic painful conditions, as well as the aches and pains that come naturally with aging. There are many reports of pets returning to normal, or almost normal function after laser therapy. More chronic and severe cases may require multiple treatment sessions to fully benefit.
Laser therapy can be useful for your pet in a number of ways. The following are common clinical conditions where veterinary laser therapy may be used as treatment.
Traumatic wound healing
Surgical wound healing
Increasing the metabolism of specific tissues
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition, varying in time, complexity, and cost. Laser therapy can also be used to enhance other treatment plans we recommend.
Fortunately, laser therapy can be administered without touching the painful area, providing immediate pain relief and edema control to sensitive tissues. We also use therapeutic lasers to stimulate muscle and acupuncture points painlessly and without needles so your pet is as comfortable as possible. With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible laser therapy pet care for your furry friend. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.
Therapeutic lasers use light energy to stimulate areas of the body to promote faster healing. Unlike normal light, lasers use a single wavelength of concentrated light to penetrate body tissues. The laser causes changes at the cellular level, giving the cells a boost needed to heal the body.
One of the best aspects of laser therapy is that it’s completely pain-free, non-invasive, and drug-free. It’s a great option for your pet if they’re not able to tolerate other kinds of pain treatment.
What kinds of conditions can laser therapy treat?
Degenerative bone disease
Laser treatment is not recommended for use on tumors, uteruses of pregnant animals, testicles, eyes, or over areas that are actively bleeding.
Our Edmond laser veterinarians will have your pet lie down, either on an exam table on the floor. A handheld device is used to direct the laser to the parts of the body that need relief. You’re welcome to stay in the room with your pet and it often helps them keep calm. You’re allowed to pet them during the treatment.
All living creatures in the room must wear goggles to protect their eyes from the laser while it’s in use. The laser is administered for three to eight minutes, depending on the part of the body is being treated. There’s no required recovery time for laser treatment. Often, your pet will feel relief almost immediately after the treatment.
Laser therapy is safe to use in conjunction with other treatments, including medications, acupuncture, and physical therapy. For pets where certain kinds of pain treatment, such as prescription medications, isn’t an option, laser therapy is a great option.
If treated incorrectly or without protection, pets and humans alike can suffer eye damage or burning. Our Edmond veterinarians are trained in the proper use of this technology – do not try this at home!