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Laser Therapy Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing...

South Anderson Veterinary Clinic is excited to offer Companion Laser Therapy!

Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain free, surgery free, drug free treatment, which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed at the same time as other in clinic treatments.  Relief and improvement is often seen in hours depending on the condition being treated and your pet's individual response.  Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, your furry friend can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain. 

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Applications for laser therapy include:

  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, infection)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions and other lesions)
  • Ear infections

How does it work?

Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within.  Energy in the form of focused light is administered to the affected area on your pet for about 3 to 8 minutes and is absorbed by the injured cells.  The injured cells are then stimulated and respond by increasing their metabolism.  This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation and an acceleration of the healing process. 

What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?

Simply put, it provides relief.  As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment.  The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.  Occasionally, grumpy cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session.  Frequently, after therapy, we hear: "He's acting like a puppy again" or " She can actually jump onto the chair again."  Pain relief is provided within just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your furry family member. 

What are the signs that my pet can benefit from laser therapy?

Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments.  Some signs that your senior companion may be experiencing pain or discomfort are:

  • Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
  • Lack of grooming
  • Won't wag tail
  • Licking or biting an area
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trembling

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you would like more information on laser therapy for your furry friend!