Laser Therapy at Bloomington's Valley Animal Hospital
As pet owners ourselves, we understand that nothing is worse than seeing our pets in pain. At Valley Animal Hospital in Bloomington, we're always looking for innovative ways to help our patients heal. In recent years, laser therapy has grown in popularity as a treatment for wounds, incisions, and arthritis. Our veterinarian can discuss the possibilities for your pet, but in the meantime, let's learn more about laser therapy.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Perhaps, the word laser can be a bit scary or intimidating. It may conjure up images from TV and in movies. However, the laser (light amplification of stimulated emission of radiation) used in this therapy uses much lower wavelengths to promote cell growth and repair. It's often referred to as cold laser therapy to distinguish it from more intensive applications. During the treatment, the cold laser is applied to tissues to release endorphins, increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease inflammation.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
Our veterinarian may suggest the use of laser therapy to decrease inflammation or pain and speed up healing. Laser therapy is commonly used to treat chronic arthritis as an alternative to surgery for tendon and ligament injuries, and to promote the healing of surgical incisions. Some pet owners prefer not to administer medications for chronic conditions if it can be avoided. Laser therapy offers a safe alternative to drugs that is not optimal for aging pets and pets with compromised organ function.
How are the Treatments Applied?
A hand-held wand, used by a veterinarian or vet tech, applies an appropriate laser to the affected area. As the wand is moved slowly over the damaged tissue, your pet experiences only a slightly warm feeling. Expect each treatment session to last between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the injury or condition. Immediately after surgery, our veterinarian may suggest daily treatment, whereas chronic arthritis may be treated once per week or even once per month.
Laser Therapy at Valley Animal Hospital
Is your pet in pain or anticipating surgery? Make an appointment to discuss laser therapy with our veterinarian in Bloomington today by calling us at (909) 877-2384.