Cold Laser Therapy for Pets
Because animals cannot express pain the same way humans can, we often overlook our pet’s discomfort. The truth is, unfortunately, many animals experience the same aches and pains that we do on a daily basis. If your pet is suffering from a chronic painful condition, cold laser therapy could be an effective option. The staff at Animal Hospital of Lynnwood, serving Lynnwood WA, is thrilled to offer this treatment option to our patients.
How Can Cold Laser Therapy Help?
Animals that are recovering from an injury, or animals that live with ongoing arthritis pain, can benefit from cold laser therapy. This treatment goes does deep into the tissues to reduce inflammation as well as pain. You will notice an increase in your pet’s range of motion. Many pet owners love the fact that this is a drug-free option for their pet’s pain management.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
A laser is simply a light source, which generates very concentrated light on one wavelength. Our veterinarian holds the device and treats the affected area in your pet. This low powered laser initiates a healing and anti-inflammatory response in the treated area. Dr. Tejinder Sodhi, as well as Dr. Rupali Sodhi, are both trained to use this type of therapy and have done so for years.
Although it is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of this treatment in pets, you as the pet owner will be able to tell if your pet is feeling better. On a scientific level, we know that when the laser beam comes into contact with the cells it releases a chemical. This chemical is called nitric oxide. This chemical opens up the blood vessels so that blood flow is increased. This increased blood flow brings more oxygen into the affected area thus creating a healing response.
Another benefit of cold laser therapy is that it desensitizes local pain receptors so that your pet is literally in less pain following a treatment. Humans who utilize cold laser therapy for their pain management, report that this treatment option gives them the same or better results when compared to anti-inflammatory drugs.
Will My Pet Enjoy This Therapy?
In most cases, animals are nervous about a new experience at first. However, our veterinarian will do everything they can to put your pet at ease. After a few treatments, your pet will begin to look forward to this procedure. Dr. Tejinder Sodhi and Dr. Rupali Sodhi will discuss everything you need to know about the procedure before beginning the treatment plan for your pet. Once your pet is comfortable with the procedure and the staff, it should begin to enjoy the process.
Cold Laser Therapy for Your Pet in Lynnwood
If you would like to learn more about this treatment option, please contact our friendly staff at Animal Hospital of Lynnwood. Call us today to book your appointment at (425)-771-6300.