LASER THERAPY AND YOUR PET

Clients are surprised that pets too, can receive laser therapy! Veterinary laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain free, surgery free and drug free treatment used to treat a variety of ailments and can also be performed in conjunction with existing conditions.  Pet laser treatment helps relieve painful, inflamed areas anywhere on your faithful companion K9 and loving kitty. 

Your pet’s hair does not need to be clipped and your pet will enjoy the warming, gentle treatment. Eye protection is worn while your pet receives treatment.The process helps relieve pain by reducing swelling and inflammation and through the release of endorphin’s. It also stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.

 

Some conditions treated by laser therapy:

* relieves pain, discomfort

* reduces swelling and inflammation

* speeds healing

* muscle, ligament and tendon injuries

* post surgical and soft tissue trauma

* back pain

* ear infections

* gingivitis

* hot spots and open wounds

* arthritis and hip dysplasia

* anal gland infections

 

Laser therapy has no known side effects and is considered safe and effective. Follow normal treatment protocols as outlined by your veterinarian. You don’t need to be overly cautious nor should your pet overdo any activities. Just business as usual.You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, and your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable. For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. 

 

 

Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs. Laser therapy can help with a wide range of painful, inflammation  related issues. Pacific Animal Hospital is excited to share and offer laser therapy to your furry friends! We believe this is great option for many pets and will likely suggest it to you if your pet has one of the conditions mentioned.  If you have any questions on laser therapy for your pet, please call us or stop by. We love to talk about our treatment options! 

Laser therapy and acupuncture at the same is beneficial too! Cool goggles Riley! 

 

How do You Know If Your Pet is in Pain?

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It is vital that we are able to recognize the signs of pain in our pets since they cannot tells us they are hurting. Our pets feel pain for many of the same reasons as us humans: infections, dental problems, arthritis, disease and cancer as well as discomfort after surgical procedures.  We can voice when we are in pain, but our pets are only able to give us signs. There are certain signs and changes in our furry one’s behavior that can indicate when a pet is suffering.  However, there are some pets that are great at disguising their pain. As a pet owner, you are the one most likely to these often subtle changes. The sooner your pet’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.

Here are just some of the behaviors or changes your pet may show you if they are in pain. If you suspect your pet is sore or uncomfortable, please notify your veterinarian immediately:

  • whimpering
  • yelping
  • groaning
  • grunting
  • whining
  • howling
  • decreased appetite
  • withdraws from social interaction
  • changes in sleeping patterns
  • changes in drinking habits
  • housetraining habits change (accidents)
  • licking
  • biting
  • excessive scratching of a particular part of their body
  • restless – stands up and lies down repetitively
  • reluctant to move and tends to lie very still
  • difficulty getting up from a resting position
  • trembling or circling
  • seeks more affection than usual
  • pants excessively when at rest
  • vacant stare
  • glazed or wide-eyed
  • appears sleepy
  • enlarged pupils
  • flattened ears
  • coat lacks normal shine
  • hair stands up in places
  • hiding
  • protects a body part
  • doesn’t put weight on a limb or limping
  • doesn’t want to be held or picked up
  • acts out of character
  • aggressive tendency when normally a friendly dog
  • growls, bites
  • hunched, with hindquarters raised and front end down on the ground
  • lays on their side
  • anything unusual
PAH staff always ready to give TLC!

PAH staff always ready to give TLC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s quite a list.  Go with your instincts. If you feel your pet is “off”, making a trip to your veterinarian is so worth it. Catching things on time is critical.   Pain occurs for many different reasons and this means there are many types of treatment depending on the diagnosis. Your veterinarian will recommend a diagnostic plan and treatment so your pet can remain as comfortable as possible.

It’s always wonderful to hear from clients 2-4 days later that their pet has improved greatly! One client called us every day to tell us how happy she was that her furry loved one quickly bounced back.  Her pet was depressed, laid in bed all day and finally stopped eating – in one day. The diagnosis?  A nail bruised at the base.  Her playful pup loves to chase balls at the beach where there are rocks and most likely injured the nail.  The owner brought her pup in and the doctor lightly touched his paw and the pet quickly reacted. The owner didn’t think to touch his paws because pup wasn’t limping.

Again, if you notice anything different going on with your pet, give us a call. We are always happy and ready to answer any questions and concerns you may have.   

 

Everyone is happy when patient is happy! Smooches Colt!

Everyone is happy when patient is happy! Smooches Colt!

 

Laser Therapy For Your Pet

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders.  Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time.  For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary addition to other treatment plans.

 

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment.  The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures,neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

Felix enjoying his laser treatment from Bonnie! Cool goggles you two!

Felix enjoying his laser treatment from Bonnie! Cool goggles you two!

 

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel gentle and soothing warmth.   Are there any side effects?  There are no known side effects with Laser treatment.    You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home.

For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed.  This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation. There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols outlined by your veterinarian.

Laser therapy provides relief for your pet. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe.  Here at Pacific Animal Hospital all pets getting laser treatment will have protective eye wear. The goggles are pretty cool!  The trained technician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement. As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.  Follow your treatment protocols your Dr. outlined for you and your pet.

 

 

Laser therapy machine with various size goggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition.  Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs. If you have any questions regarding Laser Therapy for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us!

Harriette  is extra cool with her visor and goggles!  Cool goggles indeed!

Harriette is extra cool with her visor and goggles!