What Is Laser Therapy for cats and How Does It Work?
At Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, we pride ourselves with always searching for new ways to provide the best care for your cat, especially where pain is concerned. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in addition to existing treatments. Laser treatment for cats employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation.
This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
What Types Of Conditions Can Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat?
Laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
· Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
· Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
· Back pain
· Ear infections
· Hot Spots and open wounds
· Arthritis / hip dysplasia
· Degenerative disc disease
· Anal gland infections
Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
· Abnormal sitting or lying posture
· Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
· Limping, unable to get up or lie down
· Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
· Licking or biting area
· Lack of appetite
Laser Therapy For Pain Relief
Laser treatments are an excellent way to provide pain relief to your cat. Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through Òvasodilation (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, your will experience less pain.
Laser Therapy To Recover From Injury Or Surgery
Laser therapy is a very helpful tool during postoperative recovery. In minor cases, laser therapy alone may be enough to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process. Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improving mobility.
How long doea a cat laser therapy take?
The time needed for the treatment depends upon the condition and severity of the problem. We utilize laser therapy on incisions post operatively to aid in pain management and faster healing. These treatments are generally a one time treatment. Other one time laser therapy situations may apply to wound care of ulcerations or infections. However, with more chronic or severe pain, we will recommend a series of treatments. The treatment length will vary but most are approximately 3-8 minutes. Our veterinarians will tailor the length of the series based upon the condition and the response. For example, for chronic low back pain, we may recommend 6 weekly treatments. Some chronic conditions such as arthritis may require ongoing treatments. If your cat has responded well to the laser, we may be able to keep the pain under control with monthly treatments. Laser treatment for cats are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your cat's condition.
Is Laser Treatment Painful Or Uncomfortable?
Laser treatment for cats is totally pain free.
As the laser is administered, your cat may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. For many cat’s laser therapy is very relaxing.
Laser treatment for cats has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.
How do I schedule a laser therapy appointment for my cat?
Scheduling an appointment for cat laser therapy is as easy as picking up the telephone, sending us an inquiry, or visint our veterinary clinic in person. Our knowledgebale, compassionate veterinary team can help answer any questions you have. Make an appointment today for your cat to begin enjoying the benefits of laser therapy!