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Laser Therapy Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing
Hopmeadow Animal Hospital is excited to offer our clients Laser Therapy. Laser therapy 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. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet?s unique health status. 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:
Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment, feeling only warm, soothing heat. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.
What are signs that my pet can benefit from 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:
Abnormal sitting or lying posture
Circling multiple times before lying down
Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
Limping, unable to get up or lie down
Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
Lack of grooming
Lack of appetitie
Licking or biting area
Contact our practice today for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
" My 19 year old cat had been having a difficult time getting to her food and water bowl and was no longer jumping up to her favorite window perch. I was carrying her around daily to these areas. After just 2 laser treatments she is now moving around on her own. " R.D.
"After my dog had surgery to repair his knee (he tore his ACL) I wanted to do everything that I could do to speed the healing process and make him comfortable. The day after the surgery he had a treatment and I followed it up with 3 more additional treatments in the following weeks. I noticed that I was having to give my dog less and less pain medicine to keep him comfortable and he was using his leg more and more. It has been 4 weeks since the surgery and he is doing great!" L.J.