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Posted on 09-27-2013
When you think about veterinary treatment options, does pet laser therapy come to mind? While it may sound like science fiction, the fact is this advanced technology helps both humans and pets recuperating from injuries or struggling with chronic pain -- and it might be just what your own pet needs too. Even better, you can get it right here at University Veterinary Hospital.
First, let us define what we mean by "laser." The light frequency used in this technique does not cut or burn tissue; instead, it goes right through the outer dermal layer to treat the tissues within safely and without discomfort. (In fact, pets seem to enjoy the soothing warmth it provides.) The laser excites the cells to speed up their production of ATP, which in turn allows for more efficient cell function, elimination of inflammatory waste production, reduction of localized swelling, and creation of new cells. Injuries also benefit from the laser's ability to enhance blood flow and reduce the spread of bacteria in the treated area, making laser therapy useful for treating gum disease and dermatological conditions as well.
When do we recommend this form of pet laser therapy? For starters, it has proven highly effective in relieving pain and improving joint function in pets suffering from osteoarthritis or other chronic degenerative ailments. This enables them to resume more active lives, and that extra exercise will help preserve joint function further. If your pet is recovering from surgery or injury but does not tolerate painkilling medications well, our Berkeley veterinarian can provide cold laser therapy as a drug-free alternative. We may also recommend it alongside other complementary therapies such as nutritional supplementation with fish oil capsules or, if obesity is present, weight loss recommendations to ease joint pain. Talk to our office to schedule a consultation so we determine which treatment methods will work best for your pet's needs.
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