How Laser Therapy Can Help Your Dog’s Pain

How Laser Therapy Can Help Your Dog’s Pain

Monday, 21 December 2020 12:55

Your dog is hardly just a pet. They have been called people’s best friends, but they are much more like family. Whether you adopted or found your dog as a puppy, or your furry family member came to you as an adult, you want to do everything you can to make sure they are happy and healthy. Unfortunately, as dogs age, they can begin to experience symptoms of pain. That is not unlike their pet parents, who feel their joints and muscles getting achy as they get older. However, your dog ages more quickly than you. They rely on their parents to help recognize they are uncomfortable and help mitigate it.

You may have heard of laser therapy as a means by which a veterinarian can help with your dog's pain. However, the term or concept may seem unfamiliar and even a little concerning. We want to help dog parents understand the potential benefits of laser therapy and whether it is a good solution for their furry family members. 

 

Here is what you need to know about how laser therapy can help your dog.

What is laser therapy?

The term itself can be somewhat unnerving. Is the veterinarian going to point lasers at your dog? Well, in a sense, but it may not be what you are imagining. Laser therapy is meant to help jumpstart the very natural process of photobiomodulation. Photobiomodulation refers to a chemical reaction that helps release endorphins to relieve pain in your dog and increase the rate at which cells are generated to promote healing. The laser is just a deep-penetrating light that helps start the process.

This all means that laser therapy is non-invasive and non-intrusive. It can also be an alternative to surgical repair. Furthermore, it is completely drug-free. The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle soothing warmth.  Most treatments take a matter of minutes. Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.

For what is laser therapy used?

There are a variety of reasons your veterinarian may recommend a low level of laser therapy solutions. Here are a few reasons your vet may recommend laser therapy:

  • Your dog is recovering from a recent surgery
  • Your dog has incurred pain from a back or leg injury
  • Your dog is dealing with the effects of hip dysplasia 
  • Your dog has arthritis or hotspots
  • Your dog has teeth damage or gingivitis
  • Your dog is experiencing degenerative disc disease
  • Your dog has any sort of muscle or ligament damage
  • Your dog has been suffering from frequent ear infections

This is not, of course, a comprehensive list of reasons a veterinarian might recommend laser therapy; however, you may consider asking about it if your dog is dealing with any of these conditions.

Signs your dog is experiencing pain

If your dog has just endured surgery or has experienced a difficult injury. However, your dog could be experiencing pain and discomfort without you knowing it. Your furry friend cannot exactly explain that something hurts. Here are some signs for which to watch:

  • Your dog is not walking or running as fast as they used to
  • There is a sudden change in appetite
  • Your dog is unable to jump into the car any longer
  • They are not wagging their tail as you would expect
  • Your dog is limping or sitting in an unusual position
  • Your dog has become temperamental and more prone to growling or snapping

There are other signs for which to watch as well. Unfortunately, while our dogs can bark and speak, they cannot explain that they are in pain. It is up to their pet parents and veterinarians to realize their discomfort and help them manage it.

Do you suspect your dog might be in pain? Is your best furry friend showing signs of discomfort? Is your dog entering the later stages of their adulthood? If so, it is time to bring them to see the expert team at Avery Creek Pet Hospital. Even if your dog is not obviously in pain, the veterinarians here at Avery Creek Pet Hospital can’t help you no in more detail what to watch for as your pet ages. We are here to help Asheville area residence care for their dogs and pets. Contact the team at Avery Creek Pet Hospital for more information or to schedule a visit.