Laser Therapy FAQ

 Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center Answers Laser Therapy FAQ’s

Laser therapy offers a viable alternative to conventional surgery for treating certain pet health conditions and injuries. By discussing laser treatments with a veterinary specialist from Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center, you can see if this treatment can benefit your kit or pup. Here are some common FAQ about this procedure.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy is used to help pets suffering from conditions that cause severe pain or inflammation such as arthritis, torn ligaments, broken bones, hip displacement, etc. Your Gainesville veterinarian will shine laser light on the affected areas, transmitting energy into damaged tissue to help regenerate and repair cells.

This non-invasive treatment is safe, painless and effective. For your convenience, our animal hospital can conduct this treatment. In most instances, pet owners are allowed to be present during treatment as long as they wear protective eyewear during the procedure. Your pet’s eyes will be covered or averted from the laser beam to protect his vision.

When is This Therapy Used?

If your dog or cat is in great pain and has mobility problems due to chronic conditions or injury, he may be a candidate for laser therapy. Your Gainesville veterinarian can give you greater insight into when to use this type of treatment. Lasers can also be used to treat trauma, infections and skin conditions and have been proven effective in promoting faster healing from conventional surgeries.

What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?

As laser therapy doesn’t require incisions, there are no scars on your pet’s body upon completion of treatment. The treatment is safe, non-invasive and effective in treating such anomalies as hip displacement, broken bones, and arthritis. There are also no known side effects from using this treatment. If your pet shows signs of joint stiffness or pain or has limited mobility, talk to your veterinarian about treating your pet with laser therapy at our animal hospital facility.  

Are There Situations Where Laser Therapy Could be Dangerous?

Lasers shouldn’t be used on animal’s eyes, reproductive organs or bone growth plates. If your female dog or cat is pregnant, avoid this method of treatment. Before scheduling laser therapy, your vet should be aware of your pet’s medical history and conditions to ensure it’s safe to use this treatment.

How Long Does Laser Therapy Take to Work?

Laser therapy can work as quickly as the first treatment, depending on your pet’s situation. To facilitate surgery recovery, your pet may need several sessions over a  period of several weeks to get the full benefits of this treatment. Chronic conditions like dysplasia or arthritis require ongoing treatments for long term pain relief and improved mobility.  

Schedule Laser Treatment At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center Today!

To schedule laser therapy for your dog or cat, contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville at 352-373-8055 today.

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