Laser Therapy & Pain Management
Our San Diego veterinarian staff makes every effort to prevent and mitigate pain in our animal patients. Pet Laser Therapy is an exciting pain management tool. This therapeutic procedure helps regenerate cells and increase blood flow to focused areas of the body, providing soothing and effective relief that can be used to treat painful symptoms of:
- Tendon injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Dermatological Issues
What Pet Laser Therapy Looks Like
During a dog or cat laser therapy procedure, one of our veterinarians will shine a laser beam onto a section of the body. The laser is programmed to a specified range of frequencies that allow it to painlessly pass through tissue and stimulate cells to repair themselves.
Since pets feel nothing but gentle warmth, they often find it quite relaxing. Typically, animals do not need to be restrained or sedated during this procedure. They don’t need to have their fur shaved or clipped either. However, we may cover your pet’s eyes to keep the laser from hitting them.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
Pet owners can see positive results from laser therapy as early as the first session. Post-treatment benefits include:
- Less pain
- Quicker healing for wounds or after surgery
- Improved mobility
- Improved mood
Other Pet Pain Management Options
Bodhi Animal Hospital can also prescribe a variety of medications to ease your pet’s pain. These include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs can help treat arthritis in your pet. They lessen swelling, stiffness, and aching in the joints. NSAIDs normally don’t have negative side effects, but some animals may experience liver or stomach problems.
- Amantadine. This drug can be used to treat arthritis and cancer. Animals may experience side effects like diarrhea and nervousness.
- Corticosteroids. These drugs can help treat arthritis, allergies, and inflammation. They should be used carefully, since they could have severe side effects.