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Whether your pet is recovering from surgery, rehabilitating an injury or coping with chronic pain and inflammation, you'll be glad to know about a bright development in veterinary technology -- namely, the use of laser light to treat such problems without surgery or drugs. Pet laser therapy sessions are a painless, quick and effective way to help your favorite animal enjoy safer symptom relief and faster healing. You can get this remarkable healing modality from your Duarte & Azusa veterinarian here at Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital.
The kind of therapeutic laser we use to treat soft tissue illnesses and injuries is not the high-intensity cutting laser employed to make incisions and cauterize wounds. Instead, we make use of a low-level or "cold" laser. The frequency range of this lasers amplified light is not high high enough to damage or cut through tissues -- but it is capable to passing right through the skin without any harm.
Underneath the skin, the laser energy has a dramatic effect on the tissues being treated. The most immediate result is the relaxation of muscles to increase circulation at the treatment site. This improves drainage, which helps swelling go down, as well as relieving pain and helping the tissues receive more healing nutrients. But the laser energy also stimulates healing at the cellular level by triggering enhanced production of a critical "repair fuel" known as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. This effect is called photobiomodulation. The more ATP is available to the cells, the faster they can rebuild and regenerate themselves.
Pets don't experience any discomfort from laser therapy. In fact, they usually enjoy the relaxing feeling of warmth and pain relief that occurs during treatment. As with any therapy, multiple sessions may produce the strongest and longest-lasting effects on certain conditions. If your pet has a chronic pain condition, you'll be delighted to know that since laser therapy is completely non-toxic and drug free, you can schedule ongoing treatment sessions as frequently as needed to help your pet feel more comfortable all the time. This makes laser treatment especially useful for pets who cannot safely tolerate pain medications for whatever reason.
This versatile technology can be prescribed as part of an integrated health and healing program in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. conditions well suited to laser therapy include:
Pet laser therapy can have a major positive impact on your pet's range of motion, everyday comfort and overall quality of life. Call 626-357-2251 for an evaluation so your Duarte & Azusa veterinarian can determine whether laser therapy is right for your beloved companion!