Laser Therapy for Pets

A dog being given laser therapy

Laser Therapy for Pets

Not many people are aware of how common laser therapy is becoming for cats and dogs. Dr. Yetter and the staff here at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic are using it more and more frequently with patients, both canine and feline. Laser therapy can be used on practically any condition or disease that causes pain and/or inflammation.

How Does it Work?

Laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate the tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response inside the cell called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, increased circulation, increased healing speed, and helps restore normal cellular function.

The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand-piece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth during treatment. Most treatments only take a matter of minutes. There’s more good news! There is no need to shave or clip the area to be treated and the dog or cat does not need to be sedated or heavily restrained during treatment.

Some pets may feel better immediately following their first treatment. However, many conditions do require multiple sessions; especially pets suffering from chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Laser therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment option, but is most effective when used as a complement to traditional modalities of healing and pain management.

Conditions for Treatment

Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and both acute and chronic conditions. Some of the best aspects of laser therapy are it’s noninvasive, surgery-free, and drug-free! Laser therapy can also be used in conjunction with other treatments recommended by your veterinarian.

Acute Conditions

  • Wounds
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Cuts/Bites
  • Inflammations
  • Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
  • Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
  • Post-Surgical Healing and Pain Relief

Chronic Conditions

  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Feline Acne
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Otitis
  • and more…!

Laser therapy is becoming more and more popular because it improves your pet’s quality of life and if your pet is happy, you’re happy too! If you have any questions or think that your pet could benefit from laser therapy, please let us know. We are happy to discuss the therapeutic laser with you.