Pet Laser Therapy in West LA
Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free treatment that has been used in veterinary medicine for decades, and we are pleased to be one of the few practices in West Los Angeles to offer Companion Therapy Laser. This FDA-approved treatment modality has been clinically proven to be effective in treating a number of health conditions in dogs, cats, and other animals.
What to Expect During Pet Laser Therapy
The laser light is delivered to the areas of the body in need of treatment using a non-invasive hand piece. During treatment, pets typically experience a warm, soothing sensation that’s similar to that of a massage. Most sessions are completed in less than 10 minutes. However, the amount and frequency of treatments are determined by the specific condition being treated as well as the severity of the condition.
How Pet Laser Therapy Works
The Companion Therapy Laser is a Class IV deep tissue laser. It uses an intense beam of light particles (photons) to safely and painlessly penetrate deep into tissue and stimulate cells to heal. These photons stimulate mitochondria within the cells to produce ATP through a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation.”
ATP provides the energy needed for the tissue to heal. This increase in ATP production reduces inflammation, provides pain relief, accelerates tissue repair and cell growth, improves blood flow to site of injury, allows for faster wound healing, and can improve nerve function. Another great feature of laser therapy is that there are no known side effects, and most pets experience positive results immediately.
What Conditions Does Pet Laser Therapy Treat?
Here at West LA Veterinary Group, we use Companion Therapy Laser to treat a variety of conditions for dogs and cats of all ages. The most common conditions we use laser therapy for are:
- Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
- Back pain/disc disease
- Dermatologic disorders (e.g., hot spots, interdigital dermatitis, and lick granulomas)
- Post-surgical healing/pain relief
- Otitis externa (ear infections)
- Sprains and strains