Is My Pet a Candidate for Physical Therapy?
If your pet experiences chronic or acute pain from an injury, surgery, or disease, they could benefit from a tailored physical therapy plan. We will start by examining your pet and asking questions about their life at home with you. Do they struggle to get around? Are they sleeping more, eating less, and just not interested in doing the things they used to love? Do they whimper or cry out in pain?
After thoroughly examining your pet and discussing their health, lifestyle, and behavior, we can work with you to determine whether physical therapy and laser therapy are viable treatment options. If needed, we can also provide in-home physical therapy to your pet.
What is Pet Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is one of the many pain management modalities we offer here at our hospital, and it can be integrated seamlessly into a physical therapy regimen.
Dogs and cats alike can benefit from this non-invasive, drug-free treatment, which uses photons (light particles) to do the following for our patients:
- Relieve pain caused by surgery, injury, or chronic disease
- Reduce swelling and inflammation of the soft tissues and joints
- Increase blood circulation
- Potentially improve mobility and range of motion
- Enhance and potentially accelerate the healing process of surgical incisions, soft tissue injuries, and joint injuries
Pet laser therapy is a safe, and at times even comfortable treatment that can take as little as 10-15 minutes per session. A handheld device that emits infrared light is held just over the area requiring treatment to expose it to the proper amount of light energy. This energy penetrates through skin and muscle to treat deep tissues.