Laser Surgery & Therapy for Pets
How Do Lasers Improve Surgical Outcomes for Pets?
Laser surgery uses concentrated light as opposed to traditional surgical tools. A highly focused laser beam works by ablating tissues. As it vaporizes living tissue, the laser also seals off capillaries, small blood vessels, and nerves. Veterinarians like Dr. Cooper prefer the precision afforded with laser surgery. The CO2 laser is the choice of many vets due to the extreme surgical precision. The beam absorbs water from soft tissue, effectively vaporizing/cutting through the tissues. Since lasers operate with light wavelengths, your Woodland Park vet controls the depth of the laser beam by controlling the intensity of the light.
Are Certain Veterinary Procedures Better Performed With the Laser?
If soft-tissue is involved, laser surgery may be the way to go. Spay and neuters are typically done with the CO2 laser, especially since the laser helps control bleeding and speeds healing. Skin tumors and surgeries of the eyes, throat, and mouth benefit from the use of lasers in the hands of your skilled Colorado vet. Don’t be afraid to ask if laser surgery is right for your pet’s upcoming procedure.
State-of-the-Art Technology Reduces Time Spent in Therapy
LED and other laser therapy devices cannot hold a candle to the speed and greater depth of penetration offered by the Companion Laser Therapy System. As a Class IV laser, it registers an output power of more than 500 mW (milliwatts). The power of the laser matters because it is the intensity of the wavelength that determines how quickly the laser beam penetrates the tissues. Increased mW means a decrease in the time required to complete your pet’s laser therapy sessions.
Laser Therapy Offers Results for Common (and not so common) Pet Issues
- General pain management for soft tissue issues like sprains and strains
- Minimizes post-surgery pain for surgeries like spays and neuters
- Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and hip dysplasia treatment
- Dental procedures
- Skin problems like hot spots, infections, and lick granulomas
- Ear infection treatment
- Fractures and wounds like bites, abrasions, or lesions
What Makes the Companion Therapy Laser so Effective?
One of the simple reasons why laser therapy is so effective is that laser treatments are cumulative. Laser therapy works by stimulating the body to heal in about 1/3 to 1/2 the normal healing time. Non-thermal photons of light are introduced to the injured area for three to eight minutes depending on the reason for treatment. Injured cells absorb the light energy and respond with a higher metabolism. Pets experience relief from pain, faster healing times, increased circulation, and reduced inflammation.
How Long Before We See Improvements in Our Pet’s Condition?
For some pets, a reduction in pain and inflammation is obvious after the first treatment. Pets may seem more relaxed, comfortable, and mobile after treatments for issues such as joint conditions, open wounds or incisions, and the drying or healing of dermatological issues. Because laser therapy is cumulative, it may take a few treatments before the results become noticeable. Remember, the laser stimulates healing from the inside out.
Compassion Animal Hospital uses state-of-the-art equipment to take care of your furry family members. If you have questions about whether laser surgery or laser therapy will help your pet heal and recover faster, Dr. Cooper and his team are here to help. Give us a call at (719) 687-6000.