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. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.
Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion.
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:
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
Won’t wag tail
Licking or biting area
Lack of appetite
Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions such as:
Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
Sprains, Strains & Fractures
Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
Degenerative Joint Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.
Just as people receive physical therapy after an injury, physical rehabilitation has become an option for your pet as well. After surgery for problems such as torn ligaments, broken bones or ruptured disks in the spine and after regenerative medicine therapies, our vets may deem it appropriate that your pet can be placed on a specific therapeutic program to help him or her recover faster.
Rehabilitation modalities including walking in the water of an underwater treadmill or receiving light therapy from a therapeutic laser to decrease pain and increase a pet’s range of motion when walking. These types of rehabilitative therapies, along with others, aid in the success of the surgery and your pet’s overall well-being. It is also a great option to consider rehabilitation for issues that do not necessarily warrant surgery. Pets that suffer from chronic arthritis, nerve injury or sprains and strains can be excellent candidates for receiving rehab. The exercise will help keep your pet from losing muscle mass while working on balance to maintain proper posture during all sorts of activities.
Whether it is an acute injury or a chronic ailment, hydrotherapy and laser therapy gives you another alternative to consider when exploring options for your pet.
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.
The underwater treadmill is a fantastic option for exercising your pet after surgery. The depth of the water can be changed to control the amount of weight that is being placed on the limbs while varying the speed of the treadmill to get your pet up and moving as quickly as possible for a better recovery.
Utilizing the Stance Analyzer can visibly show you how your pet is progressing through his or her clinical and rehab visits when surgery has been completed. The data collected will keep track of how your pet is shifting weight from the surgical area to other limbs and give you insight into how well he or she is healing.
For those instances when surgery is not an option, your veterinarian may determine that allowing a pet to walk in an underwater treadmill can still be extremely beneficial. Benefits include minimizing how much muscle is lost due to inactivity, control a pet’s exercise while he or she is recovering from injury and help a pet’s mental well-being by allowing those with degenerative diseases the opportunity to walk with the support of the water.
The Stance Analyzer will help evaluate injuries, degenerative changes and a prescribed treatment over a period of time. Subtle changes can be seen as a pet is standing on the device that can alert us as to a potential issue or disease process needing to be treated.
If your pet is overweight, the underwater treadmill can be a great way to help your pet comfortably shed those unwanted pounds. Your rehabilitation therapist will start your pet slowly and gradually increase his or her time and pace as the weight decreases and they get into better shape to improve their overall health.
For those canine athletes that need an additional challenge, the underwater treadmill can really push your pet to his or her limits. Cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and muscle mass can all be increased when your pet exercises in water. And, for those times of the year when exercising outside is not ideal, this provides you with an option for keeping him or her in shape for the next competition.
Allowing your pet’s stance to be analyzed can help you potentially see if your pet is experiencing any lameness or compensations from intense exercise. The data collected will give you information on what limb, or limbs, has an issue so you can be proactive in preventing injuries.
When pets walk in water, they tend to exaggerate how they step more than they do when they walk on land. This can allow us to observe if there is a problem with how they are walking and determine a course of action to treat the issue.
The Stance Analyzer is a great instrument for showing you which limb is affecting your pet. By narrowing down where the problem exists, you can focus your money and energy on the appropriate area for other diagnostics (if needed) and therapeutic interventions for the maximum outcome.
Greenside veterinary practice is excited to offer our clients Companion 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 response. 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. Laser therapy is often combined with regenerative therapies such as stem cell therapy to augment and speed the response.
Applications for laser therapy include: