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Laser therapy has been used for years in the human medical field as a noninvasive way to treat pain and inflammation and has had an overwhelmingly positive response.
A: In short, laser therapy decreases inflammation, decreases pain, and increases blood flow to a specific area. The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
A: The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.
A: You may see relief in the first or second treatment as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet may just seem more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.
A: There are many conditions that laser therapy can help treat. A complete list can be seen byclicking here
Family Pet Hospital has had great success with the following conditions: Arthritis, joint injuries, surgical healing, wound healing (especially contaminated wounds or those that are slow to heal such as lacerations and abrasions from hit-by-car injuries and abscesses), dermatitis (especially hot spots), and gingivitis.
A: There are no known side effects to laser therapy other than deceased pain and inflammation.