Laser therapy was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in the late 90’s, and gained popularity in the equestrian industry. Nowadays, it’s used to treat a wide variety of pets – much smaller pets.
“It’s a non-invasive, painless application of coherent light waves that accelerates healing and tissue repair by stimulating new cell production in areas of inflammation,” Dr. Hatt described how the treatment works. “Any dead or damaged cells are eliminated thanks to the provocation of new growth. The minimization of inflammation reduces the pain.”
Laser therapy is a veritable Swiss Army remedy. According to Dr. Hatt, it’s used to heal surgical incisions after an operation, treats arthritis, chronic ear infections, gingivitis/gum disease, hip dysplasia, knee injuries, degenerative joint disease, hot spots on skin, histiocytomas, and essentially anything involving inflammation.
This treatment may seem too good to be true and filled with potential risks, but laser therapy remains a viable option for alleviating our pets’ pains. Due to the painlessness in the treatment, no pets are adverse to it. “The prime candidates are senior pets that are unable to use the more common route of pain management with oral anti-inflammatories and pain meds because their liver or kidneys cannot tolerate the metabolism of those drugs,” Dr. Hatt spit the truth. “Laser is considered a holistic approach as there is no ingestion of medication, rather, a sit, snuggle, and reception of laser treatment.”
With seemingly no pitfalls in sight, the reality is that laser therapy is by no means a miracle cure and results are not guaranteed nor immediate. “People have a hard time believing a ‘beam of light’ can heal. However, there is over 30 years of confirmed research in rehab for both humans and animals that laser therapy is effective,” Dr. Hatt emphasizes the reality of laser therapy. “We have seen accelerated healing times on our spays and neuters by 3 days versus the typical 14 days. We have seen pets unable to use their hindlimbs, improve mobility after 4 sessions.”
Laser therapy requires time, patience, and multiple treatment sessions as well as maintenance after improvement. It also requires pets and therapy administrators to wear some snazzy goggles – or doggles – to prevent damage to the eyes.
The fact is, laser therapy presents an amazing – and painless – alternative to traditional remedies. It’s also efficient, cost-effective, and available at Pawsh Place!