Laser therapy is a progressive treatment option for common ailments in dogs such as arthritis, degenerative joint disease, traumatic wounds, post-surgery issues, burns, and snake bites. Animal Health Clinic now offers laser therapy to patients in Picayune, Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville, and even New Orleans.
Laser therapy is a painless, drug-free FDA-approved procedure that reduces pain and promotes healing using low level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body’s cells. In addition to promoting healing on a cellular level, it helps decrease inflammation after surgery, for an injury, or on areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.
We are able to manipulate the type of laser pulses your pet will receive based on the condition from which they are suffering. During each treatment, energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. It can also accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation, and help the immune system fend off infection. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.
Here at Animal Health Clinic, we find that pets typically do not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments. In fact, they usually find the experience to be pleasant and comforting, and sometimes fall asleep during the treatment.
Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment, however, most pets require several sessions to achieve maximum benefits. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition.
Whether your pet has experienced trauma or injury, is healing from wounds, or simply aging, your best friend can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain. If you’re wondering if your pet might find relief with laser therapy, please call to schedule an appointment for an evaluation by one of our knowledgeable veterinarians.