Ina Road Animal Hospital Offers Laser Therapy for Pets
Veterinarians have adapted many of the technologies used in healthcare for humans to help animals. Laser therapy uses focused light at a particular wavelength to aid healing. Today, it is being widely used for a variety of veterinary problems. At Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ, we provide laser therapy to relieve pain and improve healing.
What Is Pet Laser Therapy?
Lasers have been used for surgical procedures for many years. However, using lasers at a lower frequency has been found to have beneficial effects on tissue in both humans and in animals. Laser therapy causes “photobiomodulation" in tissue, that is, it causes changes in the cells in ways that relieve discomfort and promote healing. The process works by triggering a release of endorphins, increasing blood flow to affected areas, decreasing inflammation, and encouraging muscle relaxation. As a result of these effects, healing speeds up and discomfort is reduced.
Conditions Laser Therapy Can Improve
Laser therapy can be used to help heal wounds after surgery, improve pain from osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, reduce discomfort from hip dysplasia, and aid healing after orthopedic procedures. However, it can also be helpful in improving skin infections, eliminating chronic ear infections, improving periodontal disease, and helping nerve disorders. These results make laser therapy a valuable tool in treating common veterinary problems.
What Happens During a Laser Therapy Treatment?
During a laser therapy session, your pet will be placed on a table and goggles will be placed over his eyes to protect them from the laser light. A handheld device is passed over the affected area of the animal’s body. During the treatment, your pet will feel a slightly warm sensation. A session will last 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the animal and the problem being treated. After the session, your pet can resume his normal activities. Generally, a number of sessions are required to produce full relief for the animal.
Make Ina Road Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Tucson, AZ
The veterinarians at Ina Road Animal Hospital use their extensive training in veterinary medicine to ensure the health of all their patients in Tucson, AZ, and nearby communities. We offer many services for pets, including wellness exams, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, nutritional counseling, and microchipping. Call or text Ina Road Animal Hospital today at (520) 544-7700 for an appointment to learn how laser therapy can help your pet.