Promoting Healing with Pet Laser Therapy
Laser therapy for dogs, cats, and many other pets offers a drug-free, non-invasive pain relief option that also has no major side effects. At Saratoga Veterinary Hospital, we’re pleased to be able to offer this service to pets of Wilton, Greenfield, South Glens Falls, and the surrounding Saratoga Springs area. Our therapeutic laser emits different wavelengths of light energy which penetrate deep into the tissue, stimulating cell production and other physiological changes.
Pet laser therapy:
- Speeds healing by increasing cell energy and productivity
- Reduces inflammation by promoting better circulation
- Relieves pain by prompting the release of the body’s natural pain killers (endorphins)
What Happens at a Laser Therapy Session?
If one of our veterinarians recommends laser therapy, you’ll work with our trained veterinary technicians who will administer the service. Pets and anyone in the room are required to wear protective goggles throughout the treatment. This is because the laser is not safe to look at with the naked eye. Sessions for laser therapy typically last between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on your pet’s condition, fur length and color, and more.
Typically, for acute conditions, your pet will only need a session or two to feel the benefits. However, for chronic conditions, pets often need 2-3 sessions a week for a number of weeks until results are seen. Then, since laser therapy is cumulative, we’ll be able to reduce the number of sessions to once a week, once every two weeks, and so on. You’ll work closely with our veterinarians and the technicians to determine the best schedule for you and your pet.
Conditions We Treat with Laser Therapy
Pet laser therapy can be used on almost any pet, of any age, for any condition that causes pain. The only time we can’t use a therapeutic laser is if a pet has, or is suspected to have, cancer. Conditions we can use the laser for include:
- Post-operative recovery
- Wound healing
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Orthopedic problems
- And many more