veterinarian using laser therapy

What Is Laser Therapy?

Animal Health Centre is now able to offer laser therapy to our clients. Laser therapy is a surgery-free and drug-free treatment that can be used to address a number of different health concerns, such as rehabilitating from an injury, healing from surgery, or simply negating the symptoms of aging. We are excited to have laser therapy as an option to help improve your pet's health and quality of life.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser light sends photons (packets of light energy) into the body’s tissue without causing any damage to it. This energy is absorbed by cells and it induces a chemical change known as “photo-bio-modulation.” These photons result in the production of ATP, which is the energy cells need to repair themselves. Injured cells do not produce ATP as quickly as they should, so increased ATP production makes for healthier cells and healthier cells make for healthier animals. The laser is delivered through a non-invasive hand-held piece directly to the affected area. Your pet will feel gentle and soothing warmth, often resulting in relaxation similar to that of getting a massage. The relief of pain is almost immediate and will allow your pet to be comfortable and free of anxiety.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?

The laser light stimulates your pet’s body to heal and repair itself from within, and can be used anywhere on the body. If your pet has swelling, pain, or problems with mobility, this treatment may be a perfect additional therapy to help speed up the healing process. The following are the primary benefits from treating your pet with laser therapy:

  • Reduced pain – By increasing production of nitric oxide and stimulating the release of endorphins, laser therapy helps to negate and reduce your pet’s pain and discomfort.
  • Reduced swelling – By accelerating cellular activity, injured cells and damaged tissue are removed from the treated area. This reduces swelling and inflammation, and allows for faster repair and regeneration.
  • Accelerated healing – By penetrating deep into tissue and accelerating cellular growth, laser light increases the energy available to cells so they can gain nutrients and rid themselves of waste products quicker.