What is Laser therapy?
At Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves with always searching for new ways to care for your Pet especially where pain is concerned.
Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments.
The term “laser” is an acronym that stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation” and describes a device that emits radiation in the form of a flow of photons of light energy.
Laser treatment for dogs employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your dog’s condition will influence how often, and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for dogs are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your dog’s condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow your veterinarian to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your canine companion.
Therapeutic laser is referring to as “low level” laser and “cold” laser, but these are consider obsolete terms. They are intend to distinguish therapy lasers from surgical lasers.
In recent years, veterinary laser therapy has grown very popular, and laser equipment has become safer and more effective
How it works?
Laser treatment for dogs employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as “photo-bio-stimulation”.
This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Laser manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration.
Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.
What Types Of Conditions Can Dog Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat?
Dog laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis/ hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
Many of our veterinary therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Lack of grooming
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite
Why Treat with Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy provides your pet with a versatile, technician-driven tool that is a trustworthy adjunct to existing treatments – and can generate clinical victories on hard-to-treat-conditions where pain and inflammation are present.
Treatments are non-invasive, drug and surgery-free and can be administered in 1-10 minutes.
Clients are enjoying involving with their pet’s treatment as they see their love one quickly relax as their pain is soothed away.
Benefits of therapeutic laser
Most responses of cells and tissues to therapeutic laser have been studied in in vitro models (cell culture). There appear to be many distinct benefits to using therapeutic laser for its tissue effects.
Therapeutic laser has been demonstrated to relieve both chronic and acute pain by modulating peripheral nerve function and nerve conduction velocities.
Laser energy increases the speed of tissue repair by increasing local microcirculation as well as stimulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. Laser energy also enhances collagen and muscle tissue development, which in turn enhances healing.
How does it work?
The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbing within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”.
This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?
Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will worn by the laser operator and anyone in a proximity to the laser probe.
The eyes of the animal will either direct away from the treatment area or cover with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.
What will my pet feel?
As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purring and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.