Laser Therapy in pets at your Vail Valley Vet, Mountain Mobile Vet And The Animal Hospital Center
Here at The Vail Valley’s finest veterinarian, Mountain Mobile Vet & The Animal Hospital Center, we are constantly striving to improve our practice, by updating our equipment and bringing in new services. Our latest service is laser technology!
There are many things in veterinary medicine that have been adopted from human medicine, some have proven to be valuable, others haven’t. One of those that has so far proven to be effective is laser therapy. More and more veterinarians are offering this as an adjunct to other treatments in order to encourage healing and decrease pain in your pet. There are many reasons why you should consider it if you are offered the option from your veterinarian.
Low-level laser therapy or “cold” laser therapy uses low-power lasers to interact with tissues in order to accelerate healing and decrease pain and discomfort. Therapy lasers exert a biochemical change to promote tissue healing and pain relief. The light energy affects nerves by directly reducing the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system. The net result is increased rate of healing and decreased pain. Laser therapy has few risks associated with it if done by a professional and its safety allows veterinarians to use it for a variety of conditions. There is no clipping of the hair or sedation necessary. Your pet doesn’t feel anything, only the beneficial effects it can produce.
Laser therapy is a holistic, non-invasive, effective way to treat and manage many different conditions and there are many reasons why your veterinarian may recommend that your pet have laser therapy. Some of the more common reasons include management of arthritis, postoperative pain management, incision healing, ear infections, soft tissue injuries (i.e., muscle, tendon or ligament injury), bone fractures and wounds (i.e., lacerations, abscesses, burns). When laser therapy is performed, it is relatively quick and as mentioned above, painless. Sometimes a 1-time treatment is recommended but often, for chronic conditions, your veterinarian may recommend a multi-treatment plan over a few weeks’ time. This can include anything from 1-3 visits a week for several weeks in a row at first then monthly in order to maintain your pet’s comfort.
Laser therapy is often not used on its own but as an adjunct to other recommended treatments. Consult your veterinarian if you feel your pet may benefit from it or if you have any questions regarding it. We look forward to helping you and your pet discover the healing benefits of this up and coming treatment!