Laser
 Therapy
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. It uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Laser therapy can also be referred to as Cold Laser Therapy, Photobiostiumulation, Class 3 Laser, and/or Low-Level Laser Therapy. 
 
Who does Laser Therapy benefit?
We recommend any patient that is healing from surgery or wounds adds this great procedure onto their treatment plan. Examples of surgical procedures that greatly benefit from cold laser therapy are but are not limited to spays, neuters, and extractions due to periodontal disease. Laser therapy also helps with wound healing. Through the proper use of photon therapy, wounds will heal faster with less scarring than without the use of cold laser therapy. Research shows that soft tissue injuries will heal in a fraction of the time. 
 
How does Laser Therapy work?
A laser is an amplifier of light. It uses a process called photobiomodulation. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism and a decrease in both pain and inflammation. Laser therapy helps tissue repair by releasing endorphins, muscle relaxation, and vasodilation for pain control. 
 
How is the treatment performed?
Laser therapy should be performed in an environment that is conducive to healing because of that we bring all our patients inside the building into a quiet room. We lay a blanket down and make them as comfortable as possible. During the session, the rays feel so warm and comfortable that your pet will become relaxed and may even lie down and fall asleep. 
 
How many Laser treatments will my pet need?
The frequency of each pet’s therapy varies depending on the condition and severity of the condition. Routine surgical patients, for example, a splay surgery, will require only one treatement post-surgery. A patient with osteoarthritis may require treatments 2-3 times a week for 4 weeks, then once a week to every other week indefinitely.
 
Is there any risk with Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy emits both visible and invisible beam of photons. Taking proper care of the Veterinary Nurse’s eyes is important as well as the pets if treating any areas around the head. The risks are minimal if the therapy is done correctly. Tumors and cancer that have metastasized should be completely avoided. 
 
At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing the best medicine and care possible for each of our patients. Scheduling a consultation with one of our knowledgeable Veterinarians is the first step to providing your pet a pain and carefree life. 
 
Contact us today to inquire about Cold Laser Therapy for your furbaby! Call us at (954) 474-8808.

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