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Laser Therapy Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing
Worthington Woods Animal Care is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy is an FDA cleared modality that reduces inflammation which assists in the reduction of pain. It provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Applications for laser therapy include:
How does it work?
Laser therapy treatment is painless and fast. It stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 5 to 10 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated to respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process. The laser also stimulates many acupuncture points as well, without needles. Typically, even chronic patients show improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions.
What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. Companion Laser Therapy involves either passing a laser beam across the pet's skin, directly above the area your pet has discomfort, or massaging the area. Your pet may experience a feeling of warmth where the tissue needs help. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate. Occasionally, dogs will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again”, “She can actually jump onto the chair again”, or " He loves coming in for his treatments". Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life of your pet.
Does my pet need to be examined by a veterinarian first? How often will they need treatment?
Yes. One of our doctors will need to evaluate your pet in order to make recommendations for a therapy protocol tailored specifically for their needs. How often your pet will need to be treated depends on your pet's medical condition. As an example, a pet with an acute injury or strain may need treatment daily for 2 to 3 days in a row, then as needed. Pet's with arthritis or chronic ear conditions most likely will follow a 3-2-1 protocol: 3 visits the first week, 2 visits the second week, and potentially 1 visit the third and following weeks. Often, at this stage, the interval can be stretched out between visits. Laser Therapy effects are cumulative. The frequency which your pet needs to return will be determined by their progress.
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are: