All You Need to Know About Laser Therapy for Dogs

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All You Need to Know About Laser Therapy for Dogs
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Laser therapy is a promising trend on the rise as far as veterinary medicine is concerned. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on these procedures so we can be better prepared for future situations that might arise.

What is laser therapy for dogs?

As far as veterinary medicine goes, there aren’t a lot of ways to treat and care for dogs as there are ways to treat and care for humans in today’s medical world. Laser therapy is a very convenient treatment for your dog. It can treat a variety of conditions by using non-invasive, non-surgical, pain-free, and drug-free methods. It can even be performed while your dog is going through another treatment for something else.

How does it work?

The treatment is done using a laser, which emits deep-penetrating light into the dog’s skin in order to promote some chemical reactions called photo-bio-stimulation. This, in turn, leads to the release of endorphins (your feel-good hormones), relieving pain and alleviating discomfort. It also promotes healthy healing by stimulating the cells which have been injured to start the healing process and heal themselves at an above-average pace.Usually, you only need one to two visits to see a significant improvement in your dog. However, your dog’s condition, as well as the duration of the laser therapy, is what influences the results. Most treatments last for about 4 – 8 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Contact your vet and talk about the laser treatment schedules together. The number of treatments that your dog should get depends on his specific condition and your vet will be able to help explain that to you, as well as come with a mode of treatment that works for the both of you.

What is cold laser therapy?

It’s just another term for laser therapy. Laser therapy is also known as low-level laser, class IV laser etc. These therapies use the exact same equipment to stimulate cell regeneration to increase blood circulation.

What are the conditions that you can use laser therapy to treat?
  • Tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries
  • Trauma to the soft tissue
  • Post-surgical trauma
  • Ear infections
  • Back pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip-dysplasia or arthritis
  • Open wounds and hot spots
  • Infections concerning the anal glands
Your dog could be in pain if you notice any of these symptoms. But don’t worry, laser therapy can help.
  • An abnormal lying or sitting posture
  • Restlessness
  • Groaning, whining, and other noises
  • Difficulty in getting up, or lying down, always limping around
  • Difficulty climbing the stairs or getting into the car
  • Stops wagging his tail
  • No effort at grooming
  • Loss of appetite
  • Licking and biting excessively
  • Trembling

Laser therapy provides pain relief by stimulating the cells to regenerate faster, increasing blood circulation and overall health. It is a revolutionary procedure that can help your dogs with many diseases and conditions.

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