Laser Treatment for your Pets

As a Vancouver Animal Hospital we strive to stay up to date with innovative technology and to adopt the latest procedures and equipment. Everyday we’re reminded that technology is rapidly advancing and from this many professions are able to improve their techniques and the services they offer.

Laser therapy for animals is a relatively new process but has been warmly received within the industry and by patients. It’s only because of recent advances in technology that have allowed the practice to be readily available and affordable for clinicians and their patients. However, before trying something new it’s normal to have a couple of questions and concerns. To help dispel any uncertainty we put together a list of common concerns to help you understand that Laser Therapy is safe and it can be very beneficial for your pet’s well-being.

How it works?
Laser therapy uses light to penetrate into the skin to change the condition of damaged tissue by stimulating cellular metabolism which aids pain relief, speeds up the healing process and reduces inflammation.

What can be treated with laser therapy?
A variety of conditions can be treated with laser therapy, but some of the most common treatments are for: arthritis pain, tendonitis, joint pain, sinusitis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, and much more.

What are the benefits?
Some of the largest benefits from laser therapy are:

  • It’s a painless procedure
  • Relief of chronic pain to acute pain
  • Reduces inflammation and scarring
  • Stimulates healing of damaged tissue
  • Improves local blood circulation
  • Pain medications can be reduced or eliminated

Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects to Laser Therapy.

When Can I Expect Improvement?
After the first to third treatment you can expect your pet to become either more relaxed or more active. Because of the pain relief your pet may choose to walk around more or it may choose to relish in the newfound comfort by lying by your feet all night. Due to the severity and complexity of some conditions it may take a series of treatments before your pet is able to experience a major improvement.

We hope we were able to provide the answers you were looking for. As your Vancouver Veterinarians we are open to discuss your pet’s current state with you to see if laser therapy would be a good fit for your pet. If you would like additional information or would like to schedule a checkup please contact us today.

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