Veterinary Laser Therapy in Portland
Alternative Healing Method for Pets
Lombard Animal Hospital offers Class IV Laser therapy to pets whose pain is not fully managed by their medication regimen. If your pet does not tolerate conventional pharmaceuticals well, or if they are still experiencing pain even while on their medication, laser therapy can be a great addition to their treatment. Laser therapy can promote faster healing, stimulate blood flow, and reduce inflammation in addition to reducing pain. It is a great option for both acute cases, such as pets recovering from surgery, or for pets who have chronic pain conditions.
What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?
Veterinary laser therapy is an innovative treatment that just recently gained popularity among veterinarians due to its various benefits for pets. Like other alternative therapies, laser therapy can be used with or in place of medications to help a pet manage pain and inflammation. Therapeutic lasers use light waves to cause the alteration of cellular and tissue physiology. Light absorbed by the cells activates them to promote additional growth and repair.
What Benefits Does Laser Therapy Provide?
Laser therapy helps tissue repair and can promote the following:
- Muscle relaxation
- Decreased inflammation and pain
- Improved wound healing
- Faster healing and repair
- Endorphin release
- Vasodilation (increases blood flow, bringing in fresh oxygen)
What Kind of Pet Is a Good Candidate for Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is useful for pets with limited medical treatment options or chronic pain, including but not limited to:
- Older pets
- Pets with liver disease who cannot take medications
- Pets who can only take a few pain-control medications
- Exotic pets (administering pain medicine could prove to be too difficult)
How Are Laser Treatments Administered?
At Lombard Animal Hospital, we genuinely care about your pet’s wellbeing. After discussing laser treatment with you thoroughly and determining that this is the best option for your pet, we will begin a treatment session. During this time, a laser wand is used on the damaged, inflamed, or wounded area. The laser produces a warm sensation that most pets find relaxing. A session lasts anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes and the number of sessions depends on the condition of your pet. Chronic conditions may be needed to be treated weekly, whereas other conditions might only need to be treated monthly.
Is Laser Therapy Considered Safe for Pets?
Laser therapy is a safe, alternative method of healing for pets if the sessions are performed by an experienced veterinary who follows all safety protocols. At Lombard Animal Hospital, we take extra time and care to ensure we are following all safety protocols and keeping your pet happy and healthy.
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