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Edmonton South Animal Hospital now offers low-level laser therapy (LLLT) for cats and dogs, which is a relatively new veterinary treatment option that stimulates your pet’s own natural healing abilities. It can reduce recovery times and decrease chronic and acute pain.
LLLT or just laser therapy is very beneficial for dogs and cats. It is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment that improves circulation to injured areas and reduces inflammation and swelling. It can decrease healing times for chronic and acute injuries and surgeries and reduce the pain of arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
As your pet gets older, he or she may become more prone to chronic inflammatory diseases and injuries, and like humans, old injuries can become more painful and debilitating. For pet owners that do not want to give their pets anti-inflammatory medications or pain medications, laser therapy provides a safe, longer-lasting treatment option.
Laser therapy for pets treats arthritis, back pain, various types of wounds and accidental injuries, trauma injuries, inflammation of the anal gland, general swelling and inflammation, hip dysplasia, allergies, infections, lick granulomas and tendonitis. It can also be used as pain relief for tooth extractions and gum diseases, and it is very beneficial in improving the quality of life of older pets.
Laser therapy is not painful and does not cause discomfort. Most pets tolerate the treatment extremely well and do not need to be restrained, sedated or held in place. The only side-effect is a mild warm or tingling sensation, which most pets find soothing.
The LLLT therapy is delivered via a hand-held wand that is placed over the area to be treated. The wand emits a light within a very specific set of wavelengths that penetrates through the skin and into your pet’s soft tissues, muscles and tendons to stimulate healing naturally.
The specific wavelengths of light emitted from the laser directly stimulate healing on a cellular level. This is because each cell in the animal body and in the human body has certain sections that are sensitive to light. When light penetrates these areas of the cell, it is turned into energy. That energy helps the cell regenerate and heal itself, which reduces pain and inflammation and decreases recovery times.
For dogs with arthritis and other degenerative joint and bone disorders, LLLT therapy helps dramatically reduce pain and restores range of motion in the joint. With less joint pain, your pet is able to maintain his or her activity levels, which helps further reduce pain and can help your pet maintain his or her weight or reduce weight if they are overweight.
To learn more about our new LLLT veterinary therapy or to schedule an appointment to see if your cat or dog with be a good candidate for the therapy, please call our animal hospital at 780.989.5595.