Highland Animal Hospital

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can help provide additional benefits to your pet beyond the standard procedures we offer. Laser therapy is one of our most popular complementary therapies.

Laser Therapy

When we say that your pet deserves the best modern care that can be provided, we mean it. It is that belief that has led us to offer laser therapy, a pain-free and non-invasive technique that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate healing by supplying energy to their body. These lasers transmit light through skin layers, triggering damaged cells to accelerate their repair. Rest assured, laser therapy has no negative effects on already healthy cells. Class IV laser therapy is completely painless for your pet and can be used for the treatment of arthritis, skin wounds, post-operative recovery, and other selective conditions.

How the treatment works is the energy from the laser increases bodily circulation in the affected area, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients towards the damaged cells. This reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain to create an optimal healing situation. This form of therapy can also accelerate tissue repair, promote cell growth, reduce scar tissue, strengthen the immune system, and in certain situations, increase nerve function. By restoring function and relieving pain, laser therapy is a powerful treatment in helping your pet recover back to or close to their normal state.

The first treatment can sometimes lead to noticeable improvements, but most pets require several sessions to achieve maximum benefits. In general, four to eight treatments are enough to produce maximum results, but the length and frequency of the procedure will vary with each pet’s condition. If it is decided that laser therapy is an appropriate protocol for your pet, your veterinarian at Highland Animal Hospital will develop a laser treatment plan that caters to your pet’s needs.

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

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