South Point Pet Hospital
Caring for your pets

Laser Therapy

As a pet owner, it is reasonable for you to feel apprehensive toward theoretically painful treatment for your pet. Laser therapy offers an entirely pain free solution; and, studies show laser therapy to have absolutely zero side-effects. We are pleased to offer our patients this form of therapy as an alternative method of treatment. Laser therapy, also called cold laser therapy, is an increasingly popular holistic healing method used on pets and people. For pet owners seeking a drug- and surgery-free alternative for their animal, laser therapy is an ideal option. It is important to remember, however, that laser therapy is not entirely curative and is meant to supplement the healing process.

Most often, pet laser therapy is implemented because a pet owner fears the negative side-effects of non-steroid anti-inflammatories. While brief use of these medications is perfectly safe, long-term use has proven to cause negative side-effects in some pets. Some animals (cats in particular) cannot tolerate these medications.

Laser therapy is not recommended for pets that have been diagnosed with cancer. Potentially increasing blood flow to cancerous cells will only cause the cancer to multiply. If your pet has cancer and you would like them to receive alternative pain management, please consult with the veterinarian about the various options available.

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a safe, short, pain-free procedure used to treat acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.

How does it work?

Laser therapy uses a beam of laser light energy to penetrate deep tissue, stimulating cell repair and rejuvenation. This process, called photo-bio-modulation, speeds up healing time and leads to a reduction in pain and inflammation. As the laser is administered a warm sensation is felt. This relaxes many pets and provides immediate pain relief for some.

What is is used for?

This type of treatment can be used for many conditions. Some examples include: wounds, allergies, inflammation, tooth extraction pain relief, hot spots, sprains, post-surgical pain relief, arthritis, otitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.