As a pet owner, you want to provide your pet with the best life possible. If your pet is in pain or uncomfortable, alleviating this pain is crucial to their quality of life. At Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we have found that laser therapy for dogs has many benefits in promoting healing while reducing pain and inflammation.

What is Laser Therapy for Dogs?

Laser therapy uses light energy, meaning it is cold or low-level, to relieve pain and inflammation. By using light at specific frequencies, laser therapy causes physiological change at a cellular level, including replenishing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), decreasing pain transmission, and reducing inflammation.

This type of therapy essentially gives the cells a jump start that they need to start the healing and other processes in your dog’s body.

What Does Laser Therapy Treat?

We have seen many dogs respond positively to laser therapy treating a variety of conditions s including lick granuloma, cellulitis, intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, and other conditions in dogs. Laser therapy can also help reduce pain and inflammation while promoting healing in the gums, muscles, skin, ears, and tendons.

Laser therapy can also be used for other applications such as:
  • Traumatic wound healing
  • Surgical wound healing
  • Reduction of scar tissue
  • Accelerating healing of infections
  • Releasing painful trigger points
  • Improving nerve function
  • Improving nerve regeneration

Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, compared to other forms of therapy, provides a variety of benefits. These benefits include:
  • Fewer side effects
  • Fewer risks
  • Faster procedure times
  • Faster healing times
  • Improved convenience

What are the Risks of Laser Therapy?

There are certain cases where laser therapy should not be used to treat your dog. For example, we can’t use laser therapy over the tumor site since it can accelerate the growth of a tumor. Also, if cancer has metastasized, spreading to other areas, laser therapy should not be used because there is a chance that cancer cells could be targeted, accelerating cancer growth.

We recommend that you avoid using certain types of low-level lasers that are advertised and sold for use at home. The lasers we use in our office are powerful medical devices that should only be applied by veterinarians.

Therapeutic lasers can cause the burning of treated tissues or of the retinas if they are misused. Therefore it is important to seek out laser therapy treatment from an experienced and trustworthy veterinarian.

Laser Therapy at the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro

At Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we provide expert laser therapy services to help reduce your dog’s pain and inflammation and improve their quality of life. Contact us today to learn more!