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Laser Therapy In Bradenton

Your pet is a valued member of your family. When they’re in pain, you want to do anything you can to make them feel better. Laser therapy for pets is a great option to improve quality of life, reduce discomfort and alleviate inflammation.

After your pet’s first laser treatment, you should notice instantaneous improved mobility, quality of life and muscle strength as they hop on the bed to snuggle or chase their favorite ball around the yard. So what does the process involve?

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What Is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy, also known as red-light therapy, photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment that can help decrease pain from a variety of conditions.

It can also be used with other treatments to help release endorphins and improve healing.

How Does Laser Therapy Treatment Work?

During a laser therapy treatment, both you and your pet will wear protective glasses. A technician will hold a deep-penetrating laser wand directly over the problem area for three to 10 minutes.

Most dogs or cats will relax during this time, which helps them stay comfortable. However, you can stay in the room with your dog or pet to relieve some initial anxiety.

What Are The Benefits Of

Laser Therapy Treatments For Pets?

There are numerous benefits of laser therapy treatment for pets. Typically, lasers reduce inflammation through vasodilation, which activates the lymphatic drainage system. This drains swollen areas and reduces swelling from bruising or inflammation — helping reduce pain.

Laser therapy for cats and dogs also stimulates the nerve cells that block pain signals from transmitting to the brain. Finally, lasers can help produce more endorphins, which act as painkilling compounds.

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A puppy looking at a stethoscope
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What Is Laser Therapy Used To Treat For Pets

Laser therapy for dogs and cats treats a wide variety of conditions, such as:

  • Open wounds
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Back pain
  • Acute and chronic ear infections
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • And more

Older animals that experience general discomfort can also benefit from laser therapy. If you notice your dog or cat has significantly decreased their normal activity, are slow to get up, limping or aren’t keeping up their natural grooming habits, they may have some pain or discomfort. Laser therapy can help them feel like they used to.

What Types Of Pets Does Laser Therapy Work Best For?

Laser therapy works for both cats and dogs. Your technician will talk to you about your pet’s specific ailment and how laser therapy can help. Then they can tailor the session’s length and recommend the number of ongoing treatments based on your pet’s needs.

Are There Any Side Effects Of Laser Therapy Treatment?

Laser therapy for pets is generally considered safe with little or no side effects. However, some pets are not candidates for laser therapy. For example, applying a laser over a tumor could cause tumor growth, and you should not use lasers on a pregnant dog or cat.

A German shepherd puppy getting examined by the vet
A golden retriever getting examined at the vet

How Much Does A Laser Therapy Session For My Pet Cost?

The cost depends on the type of treatment (acute vs. chronic) and location. Acute, one-time treatment is $20 per session and chronic arthritis treatment of both hips is $35 per session.

How Frequently Should My Pet Receive Laser Therapy?

The frequency of treatment depends on what we are lasering. A surgical site or ear infection may be a single treatment whereas an arthritic hip may need a treatment 2-3 times a week for a few weeks then decrease from there as their health improves. There is no limit to the number of laser therapy sessions a pet can have.

How Long Will It Take To See Results Of Laser Therapy For My Pet?

Laser therapy sessions typically take between 3-5 treatments to start seeing results, with acute problems closer to 3 sessions and arthritis and chronic issues being closer to 5 sessions.

Schedule A Laser Therapy Appointment For Your Pet At University Animal Clinic In Brandenton

If you think laser therapy services are a good option for your pet, schedule an appointment with University Animal Clinic today by contacting us online or calling us at 941-355-7707. We would love to see your pet walk out with a new lease on life.

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Contact us today to learn more, or request a Laser Therapy appointment online.

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