While the words “Laser Therapy” may have you think of some super-futuristic way of taking away pain, it’s actually a viable option of veterinary treatment today! CJ here, with my pal, Rex; and our favorite feline friend, Whiskers! We’re back in the writer’s room this week to talk to all of the Bulverde-San-Antonio area pet owners about the possibilities of Therapeutic Laser. While we may not be certified practitioners of veterinary medicine, we do have some general information that we’d like to share with you on this topic!
CJ: Woof, woof! So, furry friends, what exactly is a Therapeutic Laser?
Rex: Well, CJ – the Therapeutic Laser itself comes from professional, medical equipment at a veterinarian facility. The deep-penetrating light allows for the relief of pain, and this method of therapy has been cleared by the FDA.
Whiskers: I must say I find it disappointing that it is not the type of magical laser you’re able to catch – meow – much like the one I often see crawling up my wall when my owner is home! I never seem to be able to catch that thing… but little does it know; I’m coming for it next time it creeps up on me…
CJ: You’ll get it one of these days, Whiskers! The Therapeutic Laser is definitely different than the magical one you’re speaking of, though – this one is not magic, it is science.
Rex:Woof; science indeed! Therapeutic Lasers are used to target areas on the body that are experiencing pain. The light itself stimulates the release of endorphins, promotes freer blood flow,
and stimulates injured cells to heal at a faster rate.
CJ: Interesting! What sorts of things can Therapeutic Laser help to treat?
Rex: Lick Granulomas and chronic ear infections are great for Laser Treatment, as the laser can provide almost instant relief from the discomfort that these afflictions cause.
Whiskers: Other good uses for Therapeutic Laser include treating the pain of wounds, fractures, infections, inflammation and post-surgical procedures!
Rex: Not to mention, it can also be an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals if you have a pet in your life that doesn’t take medication easily! For them, laser treatment may be a better option. Woof, woof.
CJ: Wow, and all this time I thought lasers were just a weapon in space… So is there a certain kind of pet that Laser Therapy is recommended for?
Rex: Therapeutic Laser can be used for all kinds of dogs, but it’s most typically used for geriatric dogs with arthritis. Some older dogs have livers that are unable to process pain medication, so Laser Treatment is a much more viable option.
Whiskers: Meow. This method of pain relief is also great for kitties! A lot of pain control options are not considered safe for cats, but Therapeutic Laser is definitely a suitable alternative. Birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ducks, and more are also candidates for Laser Therapy!
CJ: It sounds like everyone is invited to this laser show! Rex, Whiskers, I appreciate your seemingly endless supply of relevant veterinary information. Thanks for letting the readers know more about this emerging trend in pet pain relief. If they want to find out if Therapeutic Laser is right for their furry friend, they can contact the experts at Bulverde Animal Hospital to learn more!