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Our dogs are precious beasts. We love them and they do a lot for us. They keep us feeling young and in touch with our youth. They are amazing creatures on the whole. We usually see our beloved canines as part of our families. That’s why it’s especially difficult for us when they fall ill. In some cases, laser therapy can help. A lot of people shy away from laser therapy because they think it’s either too complicated or because of the risks that they’ve built up in their heads. But when you really do your research, you’ll find that laser therapy might just be the one thing that can give your dog a shot at normal life again.As far as pain is concerned, laser therapy can go a long way. Laser therapy is a non-invasive, surgery-free, drug-free, and pain-free option that veterinarians use to treat a number of different conditions. It can even be done alongside other treatments.How does laser therapy work?
It uses a deep-penetrating light in order to promote a series of chemical reactions called photobiostimulation. The process helps to relieve pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating the injured cells to heal faster.The number of visits and how fast the treatment works will depend on your dog’s specific condition. Treatments typically last for 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Every treatment encourages your dog’s cells to heal faster, relieving your dog off of his pain and providing quicker results. Sit with your veterinarian to come up with an acceptable treatment schedule for your pooch before you begin, so there are no misunderstandings and obstacles down the line.Laser therapy can treat various different medical conditions. Here are a few:
- Soft-tissue and post-surgical trauma
- Ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries
- Ear infections
- Back pain
- Open wounds and hot spots
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Infections affecting the anal glands
Since dogs can’t tell us when they’re feeling pain, it’s usually up to us to read the signs and symptoms that something might be wrong. In fact, it’s our responsibility as we are their guardians after all. Here are a few signs and symptoms that you can look for:
- Abnormal lying or sitting posture
- Circling more than necessary before lying down.
- Groaning, whining, and other vocalizations.
- Unable to lie down or get back up
- Difficulty going up and down the stairs or getting into a car.
- Excessive biting or licking of a specific area.
- Decline in grooming habits.
- Loss of appetite
- Not wagging tail.
If you notice two or more of these symptoms at the same time, it might be time to get him to the vet. While it could be nothing, always better to be safe than sorry.