Use of laser therapy on pets spreading across country

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.
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Laser therapy has been widely used in the United States for at least five years, with over 3000 practices finding it useful for a wide range of conditions.

It’s use has recently spread to this country and certain vets are able to offer this safe and effective treatment.

The laser that is used for this type of treatment won’t burn your dogs skin at all. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called photo-bio modulation

It works by using a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it.

The laser that is used for this type of treatment won’t burn your dogs skin at all. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called photo-bio modulation.

This energy that is delivered to the tissues can help in a few ways:

*Decrease pain perception through its effect on nerve cells and pain receptors by increasing thresholds, reducing impulses and increasing endorphins

*Inflammation is reduced by decreasing the cells which cause it and reducing swelling by increasing the dilation of the drainage vessels.

*Healing is accelerated by increased blood flow, quicker growth of new blood vessels and cells that help with healing like fibroblasts. It is not recommended for animals that have cancer because the device can stimulate blood flow to cancer cells.

*Very good improvements in conditions such as arthritis where laser therapy can be used alongside current medications without fear of additional side effects. Usually we start with a course of six treatments about 10 to 15 minutes long.

The most common laser therapy indications are:

*Arthritis

*Back pain

*Trauma (injuries) such as ligament strains.

*Surgery(incisions, growth removals and bone surgery)

*Inflammatory conditions such as ear infections, anal gland inflammation, gum inflammation, skin sores, bladder inflammation and nasal problems.

*Laser therapy improves the quality of a dogs life as well as the life of its owner, because if a dog is happy, you are happy. Pain can really affect your dogs enjoyment of life and laser treatment can put a spring back in their step.