Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Veterinary laser therapy is an innovative treatment that has gained popularity in recent years, and Lakewood Veterinary Center is proud to offer it to our patients. Used in human medicine since the 1960s, medical laser (also called cold laser) treatments are safe and effective. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other kinds of treatments and medications and has been shown to be highly effective at managing pain and inflammation and promoting wound healing.

Laser therapy in pets is used for a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Chronic arthritis
  • Surgical incisions
  • Tendon, ligament, and joint injuries
  • Wounds
  • Ear infections
  • Hot spots/dermatological issues
  • And more!

Because veterinary laser therapy is extremely safe and doesn’t have any larger systemic effects, it’s beneficial for pets who might be difficult to medicate or are unable to take certain medications due to reduced liver or kidney function.

How does laser therapy work?

Veterinary laser therapy works by using specific wavelengths of light to cause a process called photobiomodulation. The light absorbed stimulates the cells and tissues in the targeted area, causing endorphin release, increased blood flow, increased relaxation, and decreased inflammation—all of which lead to improved healing and better pain relief. The process is not only painless, but it can be quite soothing. In fact, many pets visibly relax during their treatments.

During your pet’s laser treatment session, a trained staff member will slowly move the handheld laser wand over the targeted area. Sessions are generally less than 15 minutes, and the number and frequency depend on the condition being treated. Because lasers can cause permanent retinal damage if directed at the eye, your pet and the staff member must wear goggles during the treatment session. 

Curious if laser therapy might be a good option for your pet? Give us a call at (214) 826-4800 today to schedule a consultation.