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Pet Laser Therapy for Safer Pain Management

When your pet is in pain, they are not themselves. They may be lethargic, stressed, or may even lash out. While pain medications such as NSAIDs are highly effective for reducing pain, they also come with some risk of side effects, particularly with long-term use.

Luckily, your pet has another option. Laser therapy is the latest technology in the veterinary industry for pain management. It is entirely painless, non-invasive, and has no known side effects. New Berlin Animal Hospital is pleased to offer pet laser therapy for any of our patients in pain.

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How Does It Work?

Laser therapy uses light energy to stimulate cells within damaged tissue. The increased cellular activity produces some physiological changes including:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • The release of endorphins (the body's natural painkillers)
  • Vasodilation (decreased blood pressure)
  • Increased rate of cell division and activation of those needed for repair

Your pet will experience a warm, pleasant sensation when we use the laser, which often results in a relaxed, sleepy pet. Since it does have such a calming effect, we do not need to use any sedatives on your pet.

Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy

Pet laser therapy is incredibly versatile and we can use it for almost any pain-inducing condition. The only situation where laser therapy cannot be used is if your pet has a tumor; the laser light could stimulate the already rapid growth of cancer cells. Otherwise, the treatment is highly useful, particularly for the following conditions:

  • Wound healing
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Hot spots
  • And much more

Frequency of Treatments

We’ll develop your pet’s treatment plan based on their condition and response to the laser. Typically, for conditions such as wound healing or surgical recovery, they will need only one or two sessions to benefit. For chronic conditions like arthritis or intervertebral disc disease, we may recommend 2-3 treatments per week. Since pet laser therapy is cumulative, your pet’s number of sessions will decrease over time from 2-3 times a week to once a week, once every two weeks, and so on.

If you think your pet is a candidate for laser therapy, get in touch today! You can call us at 262-782-6910 or stop in today to learn more.

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