Medication is not the only way to manage your pet’s painful and inflammatory condition. Our animal clinic in Long Grove also offers pet laser therapy, a safe, non-invasive, drug-free treatment that induces healing from the inside out with a simple beam of light. The therapeutic laser provides a soothing treatment experience for all of our patients, and is best known for:
- Relieving pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving blood circulation
- Helping damaged tissue heal more quickly
Intrigued to know more about pet laser therapy? Want to find out if it can help your pet?
Are There Any Risks Involved with the Laser?
There are no risks to your pet’s health or safety when they undergo laser treatment. The low-level infrared light does not have prolonged contact with the fur or skin, and it gives off a gentle warmth that should make your pet quite comfortable. Furthermore, our equipment allows our trained technicians to adjust the light doses administered according to your pet’s breed, size, coat color, and the condition being treated. This ensures that your pet is receiving care attuned to their personal needs.
What Can Be Treated with Laser Therapy?
There aren’t many conditions that we can’t treat with our therapeutic laser, but these are the most common:
- Lick granulomas
- Ear infections
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Surgical sites
- Skin and muscle injuries
- Bone fractures
Unfortunately, laser therapy cannot be indicated for pets that have cancer, or may have cancer. Because the laser light stimulates cell growth and production, it would actually accelerate cancer growth.
How Long Will My Pet’s Treatment Be?
Individual treatment sessions can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 15, depending on what we’re treating. However, a chronic condition will take longer to treat than something more acute, such as a flesh wound or surgical incision. For example, a pet with chronic arthritis may need to see us 3 days a week for several weeks to see improvement, while a pet with a cut on its leg will probably need just one or two treatments total. Treatment is different for every animal, so we recommend talking to your veterinarian to find out what kind of plan to expect for your pet.