What Is Laser Therapy For Cats And How Does It Work?
At Veterinary Village , we are always looking to new ways to care for your cat. Medicine and technology are constantly advancing and we embrace staying at the forefront of the best medical and surgical care. We are proud to offer laser therapy for cats at our veterinary clinic. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment for a variety of conditions, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Laser treatment for cats employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace. The faster your cat heals, the better he or she feels.
Laser therapy, also may be referred to as Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser or Class IV Laser Therapy. Each of these terms refers to the same therapy, using the same equipment to stimulates cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your cat's condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for cats are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your cat's condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow your veterinarian to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your feline companion.
How Does Laser Therapy Provide Pain Relief For Cats?
Laser treatments are an excellent way to provide pain relief to your feline companion. Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through "vasodilation" (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the cat will experience less pain. Laser treatments for cats also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract your cat's pain.
What Types Of Conditions Can Cat Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat?
Laser therapy for cats can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Acute and Chronic Ear Infections
- Gingivitis and post op dental extractions
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Neuromuscular disease
Many of our veterinary therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are :
- Decrease in normal activity
- Decreased desire to jump up on surfaces it normally jumps onto
- Slowness to get up
- May cry or move away from petting
- Does not want to be picked up and handled as usual
- Decrease in grooming habits
How Long Does A Cat Laser Therapy Treatment Take?
The time needed for the treatment depends upon the condition and severity of the problem. We utilize laser therapy on incisions post operatively to aid in pain management and stimulate the healing process . These treatments are generally a one time treatment. Other one time laser therapy situations may apply to wound care of ulcerations or infections. However, with more chronic or severe pain, we will recommend a series of treatments. During the appointment technician or doctor will hold the laser wand directly over the affected area for somewhere between 3 and 10 minutes. Our veterinarians will tailor the length of the series based upon the condition and the response. For example, for chronic low back pain, we may recommend 6 treatments. Some chronic conditions such as arthritis may require ongoing treatments. If your cat has responded well to the laser, we may be able to keep the pain under control with monthly treatments. Laser treatment for cats are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your cat's condition. One of our veterinarians would be happy to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule based on your cat's needs.
Is Laser Treatment For Cats Painful Or Uncomfortable?
Laser treatment for cats is totally pain free and very comforting. As the laser is administered, your cat may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. For many cats, laser therapy is very relaxing. As areas of pain or inflammation become more comfortable, any anxiety and tension your cat may be experiencing tends to quickly dissipate. Occasionally, some cats actually fall asleep during their therapy sessions.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated With Laser Treatment For Cats?
Laser therapy for cats has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.
How Do I Schedule A Laser Therapy Appointment For My Cat?
Scheduling an appointment for cat laser therapy is as easy as picking up the telephone, sending us an inquiry, or visiting our veterinary clinic in person. Our knowledgeable, compassionate veterinary team can help answer any questions you have. Make an appointment today for your cat to begin enjoying the benefits of laser therapy!