One thing that we are happy to offer here at Family Pet Hospital is laser therapy. Laser therapy has actually been around longer than many people think: it was first invented back in the 70’s. Over the past few decades, it’s become increasingly popular in the world of veterinary medicine, and with good reason. A Mapleton, UT veterinarian lists some of its benefits below.
Laser therapy can help pets with many types of medical issues. It’s often used to accelerate healing after surgery, and/or help pets recover from wounds. It may also be used to treat issues such as arthritis, ear infections, ACL injuries, and more.
Laser therapy is beneficial in several ways. Some key ones? It reduces inflammation, accelerates healing, reduces scar tissue formation, and improves nerve function. That’s pretty ‘pawesome’ in our book!
Treatments are always offered case-by-case, so the exact schedule of a pet’s laser therapy sessions would depend on the type of issue being treated. That said, it’s typical for pets to have several initial sessions, and then taper down. And while it may take several sessions to attain the full benefits, many pets show improvement immediately.
Another huge plus for laser therapy is that it is extremely safe. The only known side effects are very minor: skin discoloration, fur lost, and occasional irritation at the laser site.
Laser therapy sessions don’t take very long. In fact, some appointments only take about 5 minutes!
This is a big one! Laser therapy is considered non-invasive, as it does not require incisions, intravenous fluids or medication.
Your furry pal will not need any special care or recovery time. (Note: an extra treat would not be inappropriate.)
Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as medication or physical therapy. This allows us to customize each pet’s treatments according to their specific needs.
At the end of the day, we use laser therapy because it helps our patients feel better. This can play out in many different ways: reduced pain, increased healing time, and increased mobility. We’re happy to offer anything that results in more purrs and tail wags!
Do you think your pet may benefit from laser therapy? Please contact us, your Mapleton, UT animal clinic, to learn more.