- We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide.
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
Laser therapy has been around for about forty years now. However, it's been gaining in popularity in recent years. Today, it's even used in our veterinarian practice in Decatur. Our vet utilizes lasers to reduce pain and promote healing in our pawed patients.
Laser therapy is a treatment that sends light energy deep into a pet's tissue. It utilizes several different wavelengths per treatment. The laser is safe on cells and actually benefits them. The cells absorb the light energy and undergo a chemical change as a result. One, in particular, is the production of adenosine triphosphate, also known by the acronym ATP. The ATP is basically the molecule that stores energy. It's also required for cellular repair and to revitalize the cells. When cells are damaged as a result of an injury, the aging process or because of a disorder, the cells don't produce fuel optimally anymore. However, when a laser stimulates ATP production, the cells have more energy and are ultimately healthier.
Laser energy will improve the healing time of tissue. It helps reduce pain and swelling. It even has the potential to increase circulation to a particular area. The blood flow to that region of the body is enhanced; therefore, the cells receive more oxygen and nutrients.
Arthritis is a common condition treated by lasers. Animals who have injuries to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles may benefit, too. The therapy may aid in reducing the healing time of fractures. Lasers help treat pets who have back pain, degenerative disc disease, and hip dysplasia. After surgery or trauma to the soft tissue, the vet may prescribe laser therapy. It's also used to treat infections. In fact, pets who have gingivitis or an ear infection or anal gland infection may benefit. It helps to heal open wounds as well.
Generally, a procedure will last between three to 10 minutes. This rate may vary based on several factors such as the size of the area treated and the condition. If multiple areas require laser therapy, the session will last longer.
Laser therapy appears to be a safe treatment. As of right now, there aren't any known side effects of laser therapy. The therapy doesn't even cause pain. Usually, it's not long after the treatment begins that your furry friend will start to relax. The laser treatment is comforting for most pets since it relieves pain. Some pets will feel a gentle, warming sensation or a tingling while others feel nothing at all.
After the laser treatment, you won't have to do anything special. Your pet won't feel any discomfort after the procedure. You should take care of your pet like you always do.
To learn about laser therapy or schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Decatur, contact Fairview Hospital for Animals at 217-428-7709.
Now Accepting New Patients!
Services & More
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.
What can we help you find?