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Pet Laser Therapy
Humans have enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of laser therapy for more than 40 years but now specially trained veterinarians are now using laser therapy to treat animals. Cold laser therapy, sometimes called low-level or Class IV laser therapy, effectively treats arthritis, tendon problems, and soft tissue injuries. Laser therapy also promotes wound healing to get pets back to health quickly. This approach is quickly becoming an essential veterinary tool for healing, pain control, and trigger point therapy.
Laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure using light to improve blood circulation and stimulate cell regeneration.
Laser therapy treats acute and chronic injuries, arthritis, sprains and strains, swelling associated with spinal disk problems, and other musculoskeletal abnormalities. Laser therapy can also promote the regeneration of nerve tissue after surgery.
A laser is a beam of light that travels at a certain frequency, which determines the depth at which the laser will penetrate and the heat it will product. Hot lasers penetrate deeply and create generous amounts of heat, while cold lasers create a small amount of targeted heat and affect tissues towards the surface of the body. Veterinarians can program some cold lasers to a range of frequencies to treat many different types of problems.
Before treatment begins, the veterinarian will perform a full examination including x-rays as needed to determine the cause of the problem. There is no need to shave or clip your dog, and laser therapy does not require sedation. This means your dog can receive laser therapy several times each day or week. A typical laser therapy session will last 3 to 20 minutes, depending on the needs of the animal.
Animals find laser therapy to be relaxing and most pets enjoy the treatment. Dogs get excited when they enter the laser therapy room because they seem to associate therapy with feeling better. Cold laser therapy uses two beams – one shining on the brain. This releases endorphins, which are “feel good” chemicals that occur naturally in the brain. The veterinarian also applies a laser wand to the area to be treated.
After laser therapy performed by your veterinarian in Winnipeg, you might see your dog bound up the stairs more often, play ball, or hop up onto the couch for the first time in months. When your dog’s mobility improves, you may be able to reduce some of his medications.
Laser therapy is not associated with unwanted side effects and it does not burn the dog’s skin. Only qualified veterinary practices have the facilities and the veterinary experience to offer the laser treatment your dog needs. Laser therapy can improve the quality of your dog’s life for years to come.
Laser therapy for pets improves the quality of a dog's life as well as the life of its owner, because if your dog is happy, you are happy. For more information on whether laser therapy for pets is right for your dog, contact your Veterinarian in Winnipeg.