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Therapy Laser

LASER THERAPY is offered at Animal Medical Clinic. If your pet has pain, swelling, or is healing from a wound or surgery, then laser therapy maybe a great medication-free alternative or used in addition to current therapy plans.

It helps manage conditions and diseases like:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint and Disk disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermatologic disorders like: Hot Spots, Dermatitis, Acral Lick Granuloma
  • Ear infections - acute and chronic
  • Periodontal disease
  • Post-Operative healing
  • Traumatic injuries like sprains and limps
Benefits for Pets include: an effective drug-free treatment for pain and inflammation, it is extremely well tolerated, it has no known side effects, it may decrease need for surgery and medication, reduces healing time,requires no sedation or clipping, and is quick to administer.

How does it work?

Laser therapy uses "cold" laser light of low intensity to stimulate tissues to heal. Healing occurs by a number of physiological mechanisms.

Laser light dilates blood vessels which can carry deoxygenated blood away and bring in fresh oxygenated blood faster. The departing blood also carries away deleterious by-products of injury and brings in fresh cellular nutrients. Allowing cells to rejuvenate faster.

Lymphatic vessels are also dilated, allowing edema forming lymph fluid to escape injured tissue. Reducing swelling, which reduces pain.

Laser light desensitizes local nerves so that they can not fire quickly. Thereby sending fewer pain signals to the brain.

Healing tissue fibers called collagen align themselves in a more linear, uniform,"normal" direction when exposed to laser light, which reduces scarring and improving the tissue strength of newly healed wounds faster.

Bacterial growth is inhibited by exposure to laser light which makes it helpful in treating non-healing wounds, contaminated wounds and burns.

Laser light stimulates the "battery pack" of the cells, called mitochondria. The mitochondria can then produce more ATP, which helps cells do more work. Cells can then get rid of biologic waste more quickly and efficiently. They also reproduce faster, resulting in faster healing.

By these mechanisms, laser therapy provides us another weapon against pain, either as a drug-free option or with standard treatments to enhance comfort beyond the ability of drugs alone. Wounds can be encouraged to heal faster, stronger, with less infection and less pain.