Pain in our pets, just as in human medicine, is often treated with medications. NSAIDs, nerve blocks, opioids, and steroids are all very effective and useful for a variety of conditions. However, they are not ideal for long-term use. Pet laser therapy offers an alternative. It provides long-term pain relief with no risk of side effects; it is a drug-free, non-invasive pain management modality! If your dog or cat suffers from a chronic or acute condition, laser therapy at our Atlanta, Georgia, animal hospital can offer them safe, effective relief.
Is your pet in pain? Get them safe relief with laser therapy!
What is Laser Therapy and How Does It Work?
Our therapeutic laser is a handheld device used by our trained technicians. First, they set the laser to the correct wavelength frequency, determined by your pet’s coat color, thickness, and their condition, and then hold the laser over your pet’s problem area. Sessions can last from 10 to 30 minutes. The laser light emitted from the laser penetrates deep into your pet’s tissue and stimulates some physiological effects including:
- Increased blood circulation, which reduces inflammation
- The release of the body’s natural pain killers, endorphins
- Increased cell production which promotes faster healing
How Many Sessions Will My Pet Need?
Depending on your pet’s condition, you may see immediate results following their first treatment. However, pets with chronic conditions may take longer to reach their desired results. Since laser therapy is cumulative, you’ll begin to see greater results that last for longer, which means your pet will need fewer therapy sessions over time. Each pet is unique, so we’ll develop a personalized therapy schedule based on their condition and response to treatment.
Conditions We Treat with Laser Therapy
The beauty of cold laser therapy for dogs and cats is its versatility. It can be used on almost any pet, young or old, and has no contraindications with any medications. The only time we will not use the laser is if your pet has cancer or we suspect they may have cancer because the laser could inadvertently promote the growth of cancer cells.
Conditions we do treat with our therapeutic laser include:
- Aches and pains
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Trauma injuries
- Snake bites
- Lick granulomas
- Ear infections
- Hot spots
- And so much more
Interested in learning more about laser therapy and how it can help your pet? Contact us at (770) 436-9822 today!