Laser Therapy and Your Pets

Laser therapy for dogs, cats and other animals or pets is a medical treatment that uses focused light to interact with living tissue, and we can perform it right here at our veterinary hospital in Chapel Hill. Laser light is a special kind of light that is adjusted to specific wavelengths, unlike most light sources. Due to the powerful beams created by this special kind of light, surgeons have the the luxury to work very precise areas without causing much damage to the area, or having to create large incisions that require more healing. Using laser therapy, patients may experience less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgery.

Most people associate laser therapy with humans, but laser therapy is also quite commonly used with pets like dogs and cats. There is nothing to fear about the “laser” part of this treatment. The procedure is based on the idea that light is absorbed into the cells. A process known as photo-biotherapy, stimulates protein synthesis and cell metabolism, which improves cell health and functionality. This focused light is essentially used to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation. This causes pain signals to reduced and nerve sensitivity to decrease. Laser therapy also releases endorphins, the natural painkillers found in pets and humans.

Laser therapy provides a non-invasive treatment to your pet that can treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and improvement is often noticed within hours, depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma, injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, laser therapy offers an innovative approach to treating pain by reducing inflammation and accelerating the healing process.

Laser therapy is not necessarily an expensive procedure for your pet. A single laser therapy treatment is relatively inexpensive. The number of laser therapy sessions your pet needs depends on its condition and response to the therapy. For example, if you have a dog with arthritis, you can expect to start laser treatment with two to three sessions per week. You can then decrease sessions to once a week, then once every two weeks.

If you have any questions about laser therapy or want to schedule a consultation to have your pet treated with laser therapy, call Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort at 919.942.6330 or email us at We service Chapel Hill, NC and the Triangle area.

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By |2019-01-23T08:39:09-05:00May 9th, 2016|Seasonal News, Updates|