If your dog has ever been in pain, then you know how difficult it is to watch your friend suffer, with decreasing moods, activities, and energy levels. Perhaps, you have tried a variety of traditional approaches and medicines to keep your canine comfortable. Maybe some approaches have worked and some have not. If you have not yet considered natural options for relief, particularly laser therapy for dogs, then read below for more details about bringing your dog into the light.
What is Laser Therapy?
Known as red light therapy, cold laser therapy, or low-level light therapy, this form of treatment has been around for 40 or more years, even though studies are still confirming more and more benefits of the treatment. Laser therapy uses light on a low or cold setting. The emitted beam enters the dog’s tissues to arouse cell growth, blood circulation, and endorphin release and decreases inflammation. The resulting energy from the light ultimately provides faster relief and healing in dogs with fractures, sprains, surgical wounds, and arthritis. Laser therapy also reduces the development of scar tissue and improves nerve function. Just as jumper cables can get your car battery activated, so can laser therapy encourage the body’s cells to initiate recovery mode.
What to Expect During a Laser Therapy Session
A session might last 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of laser used. The more powerful the laser means the shorter the session. The nature of your dog’s situation and whether your dog’s condition is chronic or acute can determine the frequency of sessions. Your dog may need treatment once or more per week, with sessions lasting several weeks or longer. If your dog is experiencing intense, acute pain, it’s appropriate to meet up to 5 times per week at the beginning of treatment. Your vet will work with you to determine a plan that may include just laser therapy or a myriad of treatments, such as massage, chiropractic work, pet acupuncture, and other forms of holistic treatment. Complementary forms of treatment can work together to alleviate your dog’s symptoms, especially if your canine suffers from multiple conditions.
During the session, the vet places your dog on a padded table or on the floor with a blanket and uses a hand-held device that emits the laser beam to the concentrated area. You can remain in the room to comfort your dog, even though the treatment is painless and not expected to cause your canine any physical or mental trauma.
Effects of Laser Therapy Treatment
The use of light can soothe your dog almost immediately, having an effect similar to that of a massage. A trained vet must be in control of the laser device at all times. If used incorrectly, burning can develop at the site of treatment. Ultimately, any person and animal in the room during the laser treatment must wear protective eyewear because of the frequency of light used. Please note that laser therapy is not appropriate over a pregnant uterus, and it also may increase the growth of certain tumors over which the light is placed.
Laser Therapy Is Worth a Try
If you want to see your dog moving around painlessly, look into laser therapy options with your vet. Laser therapy is appropriate not just for dogs but for a variety of beloved pets, including cats, horses, rabbits, and turtles. The cost per treatment ranges from $40 to $100 with some pet insurances covering costs. If you are in need of a veterinarian in the Somerset area, contact the Animal Medical Center at 814.443.6979 for additional details about the benefits of laser therapy and other holistic treatment options for your pets.