Laser Therapy for Your Pet

Laser TherapyClass IV Laser Therapy in Needham, MA

Your Needham pet deserves the very best that veterinary care and medicine can provide. At Highland Animal Hospital, we use a therapeutic technique that involves the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate healing. Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin, stimulating and accelerating the healing of damaged cells. Class IV therapeutic laser is a painless procedure used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds, and other selected conditions.

Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells. During each painless treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. In addition, it can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, reduce scar tissue formation, and help the immune system fend off infection. Furthermore, laser therapy can improve circulation and nerve function in certain conditions. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat?

Wound healing, including:

  • Post-operative surgical incisions
  • Contaminated or infected wounds,
  • Burns

Skin conditions, including:

  • Dermatitis
  • Cat bite abscesses
  • Eczema
  • Ulcerated or non-ulcerated eosinophilic granulomas (particular type of scab)
  • Panniculitis (subcutaneous inflammation)
  • Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet),
  • Pyoderma (pus in the skin)
  • Seborrhea (dandruff)

Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of motor control
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative fracture repair
  • Degenerative joint disease

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Pets typically do not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Most pets do not need to have their fur clipped.

Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 - 8 treatments produce the best results. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. Your veterinarian at Highland Animal Hospital will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

If you have any questions about any of Highland Animal Hospital's laser therapy treatment, please email us or call us at (781) 433-0467.

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