Pet Laser Therapy in Onalaska
- We are able to treat many issues for our client’s pets with laser therapy at Onalaska Animal Hospital.
- Getting treatment from a highly rated veterinarian in Onalaska is the best way to care your fur baby.
- Onalaska Animal Hospital offers the latest technology for laser therapy.
- We keep your pet feeling safe and comfortable throughout their entire appointment.
What is Veterinary Laser Therapy?
At its simplest, laser therapy is the application of light to living organisms to improve health. However, great detail exists behind this simple idea. The wavelength and power of the laser, the location and duration of exposure, the number of treatments, and many other variables are crucial to the effects achieved.
Generally, low-level lasers use wavelengths between 600 and 1,000 nm and power levels from 5 to 500 mW. More powerful lasers (at longer wavelengths circa 10,000 nm, i.e. CO2 lasers) are used in surgery, but these function primarily to cut or cauterize tissue or otherwise cause controlled damage. Low-level lasers are intended to have biological effects on tissue without causing damage.
Common Conditions Treated With Laser Therapy
- Chronic Arthritis
- Surgical Incisions
- Tendon And Ligament Injuries
- Traumatic Injuries
How Are Laser Treatments Administered?
During a treatment session, the handheld laser wand is slowly moved back and forth over the damaged tissue, producing a warm, pleasant sensation that most pets seem to enjoy and find relaxing. Sessions usually last 15 to 30 minutes, with the number of sessions and frequency of treatments dependent on the injury. Chronic conditions may be treated weekly, whereas surgical incisions and open wounds often require daily treatment.
Is Laser Therapy Safe for Pets?
Vet laser therapy is safe if performed correctly, using the proper settings and treatment durations. Our staff puts some cool protective goggles on your pet that make for a great picture! For more information about pet laser therapy or to make an appointment with your veterinarian in Onalaska, please call us today at (608) 668-6777!
How Does Laser Therapy Affect My Pet’s Tissue?
Therapeutic lasers use light waves of a specific wavelength to cause photobiomodulation or the alteration of cellular and tissue physiology. Light absorbed by cellular components stimulates electrons and activates cells to promote growth, proliferation, migration, and repair.
The type and depth of tissue that responds to laser therapy depends on the wavelength of the light that is delivered. Most therapeutic lasers use red or near-infrared light, which has a wavelength of 600–1070 nanometers, although units with green, blue, and violet light, which have lower wavelengths, are becoming more popular. Laser beams of lower wavelengths are absorbed by superficial tissue, such as the skin, whereas beams of higher wavelengths penetrate deeper to muscles and bones. To learn more about this service schedule a consultation today!