Laser Therapy is a great option for cats because they are very sensitive to medication and do not have the same options as dogs when it comes to pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Cats that have a joint injury or arthritic pain in their backs can be successfully treated with Laser Therapy. We are always looking for new ways to care for your cat. Laser Therapy is a is a new technology of non invasive, pain-free, surgery free and drug free treatment. It provides deep penetrating light to promote reactions know as photobiostimulation. Photobiomodulation therapy is defined as a form of light therapy that utilizes non-ionizing light sources, including lasers, light emitting diodes, and/or broadband light. Unlike surgical lasers that cut through tissue, therapy lasers—or “cold” lasers—stimulate your cat’s body’s cells to promote healing and alleviate pain at an accelerated pace. So, the faster your cat heals the better he or she feels.
Conditions That Can Be Treated by Laser Therapy
Laser therapy for cats can be used to treat a multitude of ailments including: wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, ear Infections , dental problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or is an older animals with musculoskeletal ailments he or she can greatly benefit from laser therapy. The treatment has been shown to provide relief and speed healing. If you notice your cat will no longer jump up on surfaces, moves away from petting, backs away when you want to pick him/her up, or decreases grooming habits you may want to have your cat checked out by your veterinarian and see if laser therapy should be considered .
How Does Laser Treatment Work
Laser treatments provide pain relief for cats in three ways:
- By reducing inflammation through vasodilation (opening of blood vessels), and by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. As a result, swelling caused by bruising or inflammation is reduced which alleviates pain.
- By stimulating nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain.
- By stimulating the production of high levels of endorphins which are pain killing compounds naturally produced by the cat.
No Side Effects
Laser therapy for cats has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.
Time Needed for Laser Therapy
Usually to aid in pain management and faster healing or in wound care of ulceration or infection the treatment is generally a one time treatment. However for chronic or severe pain the treatment length will vary. For chronic low back pain it may be six weekly treatments. Some conditions as arthritis may require ongoing treatment. If your cat responds well to the laser, it may be advisable to have monthly treatments. Each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your cat’s condition.
What Does a Laser Treatment Feel Like?
Humans receiving laser treatments report a gentle warmth at the area being treated, so it’s safe to assume that cats feel the same effect. Since laser treatments release endorphins, many cats will relax during and after treatment. Laser treatments do not require sedation, and cats won’t need to have their hair clipped. Treatment length varies, but usually lasts between 2 and 8 minutes. Your cat will usually show improvement 12 to 24 hours after a treatment.
Contact us (513-831-3030) to learn more about Laser Therapy!
Gwendolyn Steffen DVM is a full-service veterinary medical facility offering both traditional and alternative veterinary medicine. Our goal is to give your pet a long, happy, and healthy life. Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen and her professional staff seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care, and dental care for your pets.
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