Does your pet have aching joints due to arthritis? Do they have hot spots that just won’t go away? If oral medication or topical ointments aren’t working, our animal hospital in Moline can offer you something different. Pet laser therapy is an effective and much more pleasant alternative to pills, salves, compresses and inactivity. Furthermore, laser therapy enables us to treat many conditions in pets, from arthritis to ear infections, without the need for sedation or pain medication.
How Does Pet Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive modality that uses light particles to increasing healing and cell repair. First, the light particles are emitted through a small handheld device. These particles safely penetrate deep into the muscle to interact with damaged tissue at the cellular level. Next, the cells metabolize these light particles, which increases their adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. ATP is a chemical that helps to accelerate the healing process by boosting cell activity and tissue repair.
The overall goal of pet laser therapy is to increase blood circulation, reduce pain and inflammation, and encourage faster healing.
Conditions We Can Treat
We can treat various injuries, infections, and diseases with our therapeutic laser, including:
- Acute and chronic otitis
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint/disc disease
- Areas of swelling
- Wounds (bites, cuts, scrapes, etc.)
- Hot spots
- Lick granulomas
- Post-surgical incisions
What You Can Expect During Your Pet’s Therapy Session
Laser therapy sessions can vary in length, but should not take longer than 20 minutes. Acute conditions such as wounds or incisions can be treated in just one session, while chronic conditions including arthritis and degenerative joint disease will take more. Your pet will need to wear protective goggles during the procedure, which will involve gently massaging the handheld laser device over the areas needing treatment.
To find out if laser therapy is right for your pet, bring them in for a consultation! We will need to examine them to accurately diagnose their condition and determine the appropriate treatment plan. If your pet has cancerous or potentially cancerous growths, we will not be able to treat them with laser therapy.