Are you interested in a drug-free, surgery-free alternative to pain relief for your pet? At Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic we are excited to introduce Laser Therapy as a noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and increase speed of healing.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue and induce a biological response in cells called “photo-bio-modulation”. In essence, Laser Therapy causes the body to increase localized self-healing through an increase in cellular ATP (Adenosine-triphosphate). This non-invasive process leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed, with no surgery required!
Does it hurt?
No, it does not! At most your pet may feel gentle and soothing warmth at the area the laser is used. As most treatments only take a few minutes, many pets, even if normally nervous or reactive at the vet’s office, quickly relax and even seem to enjoy the warmth and massage that the laser provides.
Would my pet benefit from Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy can help pets with a variety of disorders. Since it reduces inflammation, laser therapy is excellent for acute or chronic otitis (ear inflammation), gingivitis and periodontal disease, sinusitis/rhinitis, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), arthritis, degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease, and hip dysplasia. Laser Therapy is also useful in wound healing and we can treat hot spots, minor wounds, lick granulomas , and other dermatologic disorders. We also use Laser Therapy after routine surgery to speed recovery. Unsure if Laser Therapy is right for your pet? Talk to your veterinarian to find out more!
There are some cases where Laser Therapy is NOT indicated, including cancer patients and those with eye problems.
Is it expensive?
No, Laser Therapy is very affordable. You can request a package or individual sessions, based on your pet’s needs. When compared to surgery or long-term pain medications and steroids which can ultimately lead to organ dysfunction, Laser Therapy is extremely reasonable.
How is Laser Therapy different from other therapies?
The best difference with Laser Therapy is that no surgery and no systemic medications are required. This is healthier for your pet and provides a faster recovery time. In this way it is similar to acupuncture; however, acupuncture works more on the whole body, while Laser Therapy is localized to the part of the body being treated. Laser Therapy and acupuncture can even be used in conjunction to promote better overall healing. We also are encouraging Laser Therapy after surgical procedures to promote speedier recovery. Finally, Laser Therapy can be used with pain medications to help further control your pet’s pain.
Interested in Laser Therapy but want to learn more?
Call to schedule an appointment to speak with our veterinarian and see if Laser Therapy is right for your pet.