Treating Pets with Laser Therapy
Whether your pet refuses to take oral medication or the medication simply doesn’t work, we can offer an alternative treatment option to help you manage your pet’s acute or chronic condition. Pet laser therapy is an effective, non-invasive modality that has been widely used in veterinary practices worldwide. This technology enables us to treat a wide variety of health conditions in our patients, from arthritis to surgical incisions, without the need for medication or sedation.
We’re happy to provide this treatment to pets in Callaway and surrounding communities throughout Southern Maryland, because we believe that every pet deserves to have access to the highest quality care available.
What Pet Laser Therapy Can Treat
Like us, our pets can be affected by acute or chronic conditions that may cause great discomfort and limit their mobility. These include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Surgical incisions
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- Acute and chronic otitis
- …and more
How Laser Therapy Works
Our therapeutic laser consists of a small, handheld device connected to a computer system that calculates the dosage of light your pet needs per treatment. Light particles are transmitted through the handheld device, which is gently massaged over the affected areas of the body. Treatments generally take between 3 and 8 minutes, and are often very soothing for pets, due to the gentle warmth the laser light produces.
The healing effect of the laser light occurs when the light particles penetrate through the tissues and stimulate cells to produce ATP, which helps to increase cell production and speeds healing. Laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation, improves circulation and blood flow, and decreases recovery time. Laser therapy is not an option for pets with cancerous (or potentially cancerous) growths.
Can Your Pet Benefit from Laser Therapy?
The short answer is “yes,” but a preliminary physical exam is necessary for us to understand your pet’s condition and conclude that laser therapy is a safe treatment option. Acute conditions typically only require a single session, but chronic conditions may take multiple sessions before noticeable results can be observed. If you’re interested in pursuing this treatment for your loved one, please call us at (301) 994-9919.