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Here at Fairview Animal Hospital for Animals, we are now offering laser therapy for cats and dogs who are suffering from arthritis, general injuries and wounds.
Laser therapy is completely non-invasive and has no known side-effects. It helps reduce pain and inflammation, and it decreases healing times for wounds and injuries. Low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that is very comfortable. Most pets only notice a slight warmth as the laser penetrates the injured area. Most pets find the sensation soothing.
If your dog or cat is suffering from pain, a slow healing wound or general inflammation, please call our animal hospital to schedule an appointment. Veterinary care has made significant advancements in treating all types of ailments and pain in pets so that they can live healthy and active lives.
Our veterinarian can assess your pet and determine if he or she would be a good candidate for laser therapy. The treatments are comfortable for your pet and do not require any type of sedation. During the treatment, our veterinarian will use a hand-held low-level laser to sooth your pet’s pain and facilitate healing. The hand-held wand is positioned over the area to be treated. The low-level light then penetrates your pet’s skin and deep into the tissues.
It works on a cellular level. Each cell in your pet’s body has a specific area that is sensitive to light and heat. The light is then transformed into energy. The extra energy is used by the cell to speed regeneration and to reduce inflammation and swelling by carrying away cellular waste products at an accelerated rate.
The exact treatment length depends on the area that is being treated and the severity of the injury. In general, each treatment session will last between three and 15 minutes. Since we are using a laser, your pet’s eyes will be positioned away from the treatment area or covered, and all humans in the immediate area, including our veterinarian, will need to wear protective eyewear.
There are no side-effects associated with receiving laser therapy, and it can be used in conjunction with other treatments. Most owners notice positive behavioral changes because their pets are experiencing less pain. This could translate into a more active pet or a more relaxed pet.
Exact treatment lengths vary from pet to pet. Our veterinarian will be able to tell you more about your pet’s condition and the number of laser therapy sessions he or she will need after the initial evaluation.
Pet owners also do not need to follow special instructions once they get their pet home. Pets can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment session.
To schedule an appointment to see if your dog or cat would be a good candidate for laser therapy treatments, call our Decatur pet hospital at 217-428-7709.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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