Would you know if your pet was in pain?
Animals—especially cats—instinctively hide pain and illness, so by the time you see symptoms, it’s possible your pet has already been in pain for quite some time
At Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital, we take pain management seriously, and we’re constantly researching the latest ways to help pets feel better. Cold laser therapy—or just “laser therapy”—is one of several treatments we use to assist with pain management and healing at our hospital.
Laser therapy is the use of laser light to stimulate biological processes that lead to faster healing and pain relief. Therapy lasers use much less power than surgical lasers and the beneficial effects come not from heat but from the stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes. Like plants absorbing sunlight through photosynthesis, the cells in the body absorb laser energy. This stimulates the body to release its own pain-relieving chemical compounds.
There are many conditions that can be effectively treated with laser therapy. They include, but aren’t limited to:
• Post-surgical pain management
• Dental Procedures
• Would healing
• Lick granulomas
• Neurologic injury
• Muscle tears
• Trauma & bruising
• Tendon & ligament tears
• Intervertebral Disc Disease
Pets don’t need to be sedated or restrained during laser therapy, which is completely non-invasive and painless. First, the Laser probe is placed on the area requiring treatment. Then the laser light is emitted at a specific power and duration to deliver the correct therapeutic dosage. When the system beeps, it indicates the dosage is delivered safely, and the probe is then moved to the next treatment area.
Soon after the first treatment, you pet may move with less pain or have a more relaxed stride and better range of motion. Often, a series of treatments will be necessary, but the healing process begins right away. While some conditions can be resolved with just a few treatments, it is not unusual for a chronic condition to require several treatments over a period of weeks. A booster schedule may then be established based on your pet’s needs.