Laser Therapy for
Dogs & Cats
in Chelsea NYC
Laser therapy is a pain management option for dogs and cats that delivers non-invasive, drug-free, and completely safe pain relief. It is a wonderful option for pets who deal with persistent pain from chronic conditions. While pain medication is very safe for the short-term, there are risks of side effects in the long-term. Laser therapy allows pets with chronic pain to lessen their pain medication dosages or even eliminate them! At Firefly Veterinary Hospital, we’re proud to offer our patients in Chelsea this innovative pain management modality.
Laser therapy is performed with a hand-held device that emits concentrated light energy. This light energy penetrates deep into your pet’s tissue and stimulates several physiological changes in a process called photobiomodulation (which is a fancy term for using light energy to facilitate biological changes). If you remember from science class, light travels in waves and at different frequencies. With our hand-held laser, we often change the frequency of the laser depending on your pet’s fur color and length and their condition to give them the best results from the therapy.
So, what does the laser actually do for pets?
- Increases cell production, which contributes to faster healing of damaged tissue
- Reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killers
- Soothes inflammation by increasing blood flow to the affected area
The are few limits to what laser therapy can treat. The only condition we can’t use laser therapy for is cancer, as the laser could inadvertently stimulate the growth of cancer cells. That’s pretty much the only negative thing about laser therapy, though!
It can be used for so many conditions including, but certainly not limited to:
- Old age aches and pains
- Joint injuries
- Ear infections
- Lick granulomas
- Skin infections
- Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)
- Orthopedic issues like hip dysplasia
- Post-operative recovery
- Oral pain
- And so much more
Laser therapy is cumulative, which means with each session, the effects are longer-lasting. For cats and dogs with acute pain such as from surgery or a wound, one to two sessions is usually enough to stimulate healing and reduce pain. However, pets with more chronic conditions like arthritis, old age aches and pains, or hip dysplasia generally require a series of sessions, starting with a few times a week. Gradually, as we see improvement, your pet will be able to reduce the number of sessions to once a week, once every two weeks, and so on. Each session is generally between 10-30 minutes long, depending on your pet’s condition and their response to treatment.
Think your pet is a good candidate for laser therapy?
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