How Can Therapeutic Lasers Help Your Pets?

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Is Laser Therapy Right for Your Pet?

Laser therapy is not a cure-all, but can assist in the treatment of your pet’s conditions. It may be used in conjunction with medical and/or surgical treatment.

The equipment and expertise required to perform laser therapy is not available everywhere. Ask your veterinary office if they offer laser therapy or if they recommend any clinic that does. If you contact a veterinary office that offers laser therapy, they would be more than happy give you all of the information you need to make a decision.

Most conditions that can benefit from laser therapy require many sessions be effective. Laser therapy has been used in human medicine and has been proven to give positive results.

If you have a pet that suffers from chronic painful or inflammatory problems and you have tried many other treatments, try laser therapy next.

When is Laser Therapy Contraindicated?

Laser therapy may not be used in pregnant animals, animals with cancer, intact males that may be used for breeding and areas close to or involving the eyes.

Is a Laser Dangerous to My Pet?

Class IV lasers are dangerous if used improperly. If direct eye contact is made with a class IV laser, it could cause retinal damage which can lead to blindness. Also, Class IV lasers can cause burning of the skin if not used correctly. This is why licensed veterinary professionals must undergo special training in order to used these devices. Veterinary clinics that offer laser therapy have learned how to operate Class IV lasers in a way that will minimize risk and maximize positive results for your pet.

Summary

In general – laser therapy is wonderful modality that may help pets not responding to traditional treatments. Remember, laser therapy should be used in conjunction with medical and/or surgical treatment.

Ask your veterinary office if they offer laser therapy or if they recommend any clinic that does.

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