Laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy, or Class IV laser therapy) is an excellent treatment option for the many pets who can’t safely take medications. It’s a surgery-free, drug-free, pain-free, and noninvasive treatment that can alleviate a variety of conditions as well as improve healing time, increase circulation, reduce pain, and reduce inflammation.

Ever wondered what exactly laser therapy is? Here’s some information to shed light on it.

How can laser therapy help my pet?

Laser therapy is a complementary treatment for pets with many conditions, including inflammation, wound healing, and pain management. The therapy can be safely used with other natural practices, such as acupuncture and chiropractic treatment, or combined with pharmaceutical therapy. Best of all, laser therapy is a pain-free option to promote healing and avoid surgical treatment.

Laser therapy can often benefit pets with these conditions:

  • Ear infections
  • Impacted anal glands
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Surgical incisions
  • Wounds
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Hot spots
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Feline acne
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth extraction sites
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
  • Lick granulomas

Laser therapy is contraindicated in only a few conditions, including cancer and pregnancy.

How does laser therapy work?

Laser therapy is an innovative treatment modality that can relieve a variety of medical conditions. The laser emits packets of light energy deep into tissue without any damage, stimulating cell repair and rejuvenation. The light wavelengths encourage the cells to repair themselves more quickly and cause many therapeutic effects, such as:

  • Wound healing
  • Reducing scar-tissue formation
  • Improving nerve function and regeneration
  • Healing surgical incisions
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Encouraging healing
  • Stimulating circulation

And the list goes on—laser therapy also can block pain transmitted by nerve cells, drain the lymphatic system, speed the formation of new capillaries, increase the food and oxygen supply for blood cells, and stimulate muscle trigger points.

Greenwood Animal Hospital proudly offers Companion Laser Therapy. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain. If you have any questions about it or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us.