Healing and Soothing with Pet Laser Therapy

If your pet has a painful condition and oral medication and crate rest aren't providing relief, it’s time to explore other options. Enter pet laser therapy, a relatively new technique that works well with medication and other more traditional treatments. At Animal Hospital of Lewisville, we’re excited to offer laser therapy because it gives pets an alternative, and sometimes more effective, pain relief method.

If your pet needs an alternative to their current pain management plan, talk to us!

Is Laser Therapy Risky?

There is no risk involved with laser therapy treatments. In the hands of a skilled doctor or assistant, our therapeutic laser generates a gentle warmth as it emits light particles that penetrate deep into the muscle and boost healing from within.

Even better, there are no side effects--the laser is drug-free, noninvasive, and painless. It's an appealing alternative that can work wonders for your pet.

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What Does Laser Therapy Treat?

We see pets with all kinds of conditions that benefit from our therapeutic laser. The key is coming up with a treatment plan that suits each pet’s needs. So far, we know that laser therapy can improve multiple conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc/joint disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Joint, ligament, and muscle injuries
  • Lacerations, burns, bite wounds, and other soft tissue injuries
  • Lick granulomas
  • Skin infections
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Surgical incisions (for post-op care)

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

When the laser is in use, the tool emits measured pulses of infrared light that can penetrate through the skin and be absorbed into the deeper muscle tissue. Cell activity in the affected area improves when exposed to light energy, kicking off a complex process of rejuvenation that includes:

  • Improving blood circulation to the affected area and throughout the entire body
  • Reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain
  • Accelerating healing by increasing cell activity and production

What to Expect

Surgical incisions and superficial injuries can often be treated successfully with just one laser therapy session. However, chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and old ligament injuries might take a bit longer. Naturally, a disease or injury that has had time to worsen will require more sessions than a more acute problem. We can tell you more when you consult with us to find out if your pet is the perfect candidate for laser therapy.