Asheville Highway Animal Hospital is excited to offer our clients Laser Therapy. Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free treatment that is used on a variety of conditions, whether individually or in conjunction with another treatment plan. 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. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition being treated and your pet’s response to therapy.
Applications for laser therapy include:
- 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, and infections)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
- Ear infections
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will likely dissipate. That alone improves the quality of life for your companion. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.”
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning, or other vocalizations
- Difficulty getting up or down
- Lack of grooming
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite
Contact Asheville Highway Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.