Treating Acute & Chronic Pain with Pet Laser Therapy
Laser therapy, or Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT), is an innovative technology that uses light energy to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation in your pet. Creekside Animal Clinic is pleased to be able to offer this therapy treatment to Akron area pets. It is completely non-invasive and there are no known side effects. However, it is necessary that your pet and all those in the room wear protective goggles. Pet laser therapy is useful as an alternative or in conjunction with traditional pain medications.
When talking about what LLLT can help treat, it’s easier to talk about what it can’t. One of the only conditions where we will not use the laser is if your pet has a tumor. Since the laser energizes cells and stimulates their production, we don’t want to risk increasing the number of cancer cells.
Common conditions we use the therapeutic laser for include:
- Post-surgical recovery
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Joint injuries
- Wound repair
- Hip dysplasia
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- And more
How Low-Level Light Therapy Helps Your Pet
LLLT is incredibly versatile, and it helps alleviate the discomfort of almost any condition that causes pain. It uses concentrated light energy, emitted from a hand-held device, that penetrates deep into the affected tissue. The laser light stimulates cell ATP production and increased blood flow to the affected area. These effects decrease pain and inflammation and speed up the healing process.
Frequency of Treatments
Depending on your pet’s condition, they may benefit from as little as one treatment session or they may only see results after several. Laser therapy is cumulative, so for chronic conditions, your pet may begin with 2-3 treatments a week, but over time, we’ll be able to decrease the frequency as your pet enjoys the benefits of therapy for longer.