Temple City Animal Hospital’s therapeutic laser unit is available for treating patients suffering from hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, otitis, stomatitis, and post-surgical wound management. For pets in chronic pain or those with chronic mobility problems laser therapy offers a healthy alternative to a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Treating osteoarthritis along the spine
Laser therapy can range from one or two treatments for post-surgical or wound therapy to three to ten treatments for animals suffering from conditions characterized by chronic pain. Hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis patients can benefit from periodic maintenance treatments after completing their original treatment courses. Noticeable results are often seen after just one or two treatments.
Pets suffering from chronic pain that often depend on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain management can live healthier lives when treated with laser as their drug regimes may be reduced or eliminated. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have an adverse effect of a pet’s kidneys and other internal organs.
Treating hip dysplasia
Treatment sessions may last as little as five or ten minutes but can extend considerably longer for larger dogs or when multiple therapy sites are involved.
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. The laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates an increased production of cellular energy that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects.