Symptoms such as trembling, aggression, heavy panting, appetite loss, and excessive grooming indicate pain in pets. Aside from giving pain relievers, you can subject your pet to alternative pain treatments such as cold laser therapy. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, cold laser therapy is an innovative way to treat pain, as well as wounds and inflammation. If you want to know how this alternative treatment can help your pet’s pain, here’s what you should know.
Safe and Healthy
Cold laser therapy is gaining popularity among pet owners because it’s non-invasive. It uses light to enhance blood circulation and trigger cell regeneration. Cold laser therapy only treats the surface of your pet’s skin. It’s safer than hot laser treatments that penetrate deeper tissue layers. A hot laser also carries a risk of burning and cutting because of the intense heat of the beams.
Your pet doesn’t need sedation and your vet doesn’t even have to shave or pierce any part of your pet’s body. You don’t even need to worry about any adverse effect on your pet.
Before your veterinarian starts the cold laser treatment, your pet should go through several diagnostic tests. That way, your vet can determine what area needs treatment. The pain’s severity, cause, and location, as well as your pet’s age, all influence the duration and frequency of the treatment.
Broad in Scope
This type of laser therapy can help various health conditions in pets. Cold laser therapy can also treat the following pet health problems:
Vertebral disc issues
Tendon, muscle, and ligament injuries
Soft tissue trauma
Anal gland infections
Degenerative disc disease
Enjoyable for Pets
Clinical studies show that pain is stressful for pets. They don’t need a treatment that could increase their stress even more. With cold laser therapy, your pets receive a relaxing, light-pulsing treatment that relieves their health issues at the same time. The treatment room for cold laser therapy is usually a spacious, comfortable room, with natural daylight. There, you can position your pet on a mat to help encourage relaxation. One cold laser therapy session lasts from three to about 20 minutes. During the treatment, your pet’s brain releases endorphins that make your pet feel better. Before the next session even starts, your pet already associates the people, the venue, and the equipment with something pleasant.
Many pet owners say that after a few sessions of cold laser therapy, they start seeing their pets get on the couch on their own, go up the steps more frequently, and play with toys they haven’t touched for a while. The mobility that your pet regains may lead to a decrease in medications as well.
The healthiest and safest way to achieve pain relief is through non-invasive, drug-free techniques like cold laser therapy. At Bergen County Veterinary Center, we are ready to make your pet’s cold laser therapy experience pleasant. You and your pet are welcome to visit our clinic in Waldwick, New Jersey, for a walk-in consultation. Please call us at 201-205-2500 if you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries about our cold laser therapy procedure.