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One of the most exciting recent developments in veterinary medicine is the use of cold laser therapy for dogs and cats. Although this treatment has been used on human patients for 40 years, it is a fairly new way to help alleviate pain and promote healing in pets.
Cold laser therapy has many uses. It alleviates chronic and acute pain, activates immune cells, reduces trapped fluid in tissue, increases blood flow to a region, and reduces soft-tissue inflammation. This therapy offers an opportunity to get relief from arthritis without surgery or long-term medications. It is ideal to treat strains, sprains, nerve injuries, musculoskeletal abnormalities, and injuries or conditions related to aging. Many owners welcome it as an alternative to acupuncture.
Cold laser therapy is also effective in dogs for ear infections, gingivitis and periodontal disease, and anal gland problems. Cats can profit from its use for gingivitis and stomatitis, sinusitis and rhinitis, ear infections, and cystitis.
This type of therapeutic laser plays an important role in surgical procedures. It helps cats and dogs heal faster when used to remove growths, perform bone surgeries, and make incisions in general.
This treatment uses a low-powered laser that emits no heat. When you arrive, our staff will treat your pet in comfortable and relaxing surroundings. Our veterinarian will apply the cold laser directly to the surface of your pet’s skin or slightly above it, depending on the animal’s comfort level. Most animals are so comfortable they require no sedation or restraint. We are able to set the therapeutic laser for shallow or deep tissue penetration and for a variety of time periods, depending upon the diagnosis.
The laser beam is made up of wavelengths with photons designed to penetrate tissue. Cells that are malfunctioning as the result of disease or injury absorb these photons, which are instrumental in increasing the energy source for cells. This helps boost your pet’s cellular function for quicker nutrient absorption, waste elimination, and birth of new cells.
Each treatment at our Oakland Park Animal Hospital normally typically takes between 3 and 20 minutes, with no unwanted side effects. For problems like arthritis, relief might last for several weeks. Around 70 percent of the animals show signs of improvement from arthritic pain.
Many pets with arthritis initially undergo two to three weekly cold laser treatments, with an increasing interval between appointments as therapy advances. Owners are often surprised after a treatment to see their formerly reluctant pets going upstairs, playing with toys they have been ignoring, or being much more sociable with family members.
Your pet’s health and happiness are our first concern at Oakland Park Animal Hospital. We are pleased to be able to offer non-invasive cutting edge technology to help make life more enjoyable for you and your pet.
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