At Colonie Animal Hospital, we strive to provide you and your pet with the latest and best that veterinary medicine can offer. That is why we are excited about integrating our new Companion Laser Therapy into our practice. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free treatment. It is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement are often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. It sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it.
These non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes per area treated and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism needed for repair and rejuvenation. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
Laser therapy is pain-free and many sessions last less than 10 minutes per area treated. As the laser is administered, your pet will often
relax and may even enjoy the treatment. Often the treated site feels better 12 to 24 hours after treatment. There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What conditions can be treated with laser therapy?
- 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, lick granulomas, infections)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
- Ear infections