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Laser Therapy Works Wonders for Pets With Arthritis

Friday, June 26, 2015 Bruce Coren Comments (0)
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For middle aged to older pets, arthritis is an unfortunately common ailment. With animals, it is always difficult to discern exactly what is ailing them. If your pet is limping, having difficulty moving, sleeping an unusual amount, and irregularly irritable, there is a good chance your pet is experiencing arthritic symptoms.

The last thing we want is for our beloved pets to experience discomfort. Particularly in the tail end of your pet's life, you want them to feel as relaxed and happy as possible. Recent innovations in medical laser therapy have made it possible for animals to experience relief from arthritic symptoms.

Veterinary laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that can provide your cat or dog with relief from arthritic symptoms in a relatively short amount of time. In fact, after receiving laser therapy for pain management, most pets exhibit signs of relief and increased mobility within 12-24 hours. The procedure is also relatively fast, taking 10-20 minutes per session.

Medical lasers function based on a process known as photo-biotherapy. This process stimulates and encourages the synthesizing of proteins, as well as cell metabolism. The veterinary lasers' effectiveness is generally contingent upon the power of the dosage, as well as the amount of doses given with the medical lasers. For the maximal benefit, it is recommended that pets receive 3-10 veterinary laser therapy treatments.

This medical treatment is not only extremely effective for dogs and cats. For humans that are experiencing chronic pain, medical lasers and laser therapy are also a common and noninvasive method employed for pain relief. For a human, laser therapy is most effective when given in a series of 8 to 30 treatments. The amount of treatments, laser power, and duration usually depend on the severity of pain.

Veterinary laser therapy is a viable and effective option in helping to relieve your pet's arthritic symptoms. However, if your animal has cancer, it is not recommended that you employ this therapy method, as the heat from laser therapy devices are known to stimulate cancer cells.
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