Laser Therapy & Pain Management for Pets

At Old Orchard Animal Clinic, our veterinarian is proud to offer the latest in proven medical technology and provide our pet patients with the best treatments and therapies available, such as laser therapy — an effective, safe, non-invasive, side effect-free and drug-free treatment modality.

What Is Laser Therapy for Pets?

Sometimes referred to as cold laser or class IV laser therapy, laser therapy for pets is an FDA-approved treatment used to accelerate healing, soothe pain and reduce inflammation. This completely painless therapy uses a low-level laser to stimulate deep tissues, activating a process called photobiostimulation.

During photobiostimulation, enzymes within tissue cells absorb the laser light waves, releasing endorphins and activating the healing process. The release of endorphins and cellular activation also reduces swelling at the site and provides lasting pain relief.

Conditions Commonly Treated with Laser Therapy

Safe for long-term and effective over the short-term, laser therapy can be applied effectively to treat and ease the pain associated with almost any chronic or acute condition affecting a pet’s soft tissues. Some conditions which we commonly treat with laser therapy include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Wound Management
  • Incision Healing
  • Acute Injury
  • Muscular Trauma

In addition to managing chronic and acute pain, we also use laser therapy to accelerate healing post-surgery and post-injury.

What to Expect from Your Pet’s Laser Therapy Session

Pets do not require any special preparation prior to laser therapy. During treatment sessions, our technician holds the cold laser wand directly above the targeted area. Pets do not experience any pain or discomfort during treatments. Most pets become calm and relaxed during their treatments. In fact, some even fall asleep, as the laser delivers soothing warmth to the affected area.

There are no known negative side effects of laser therapy. Treatments encourage pain management and accelerated healing from within. As a result, most pets experience immediate relief from their pain and discomfort. Upon arriving home, you might notice slight changes in your pet’s behavior. Some pets become more playful and energetic, while others, whose pain has kept them from a good night’s sleep, take a long, therapeutic slumber.

Get Your Pet’s Pain Under Control Today

If your pets struggle from a chronic condition or injury, get them back on their paws with laser therapy. To find out if your pet is a candidate for laser therapy pain management or post-surgical care, contact our office today.