What is LASER Therapy for cats?
LASER treatments for humans is not new, but how familiar are we with what this might entail for our feline friends? When it comes to cats, LASER treatment uses deep-penetrating light to help promote a chain reaction known as photobiostimulation. This can relieve pain by the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells so that they heal faster.
LASER therapy is known by several terms, including Cold LASER, Low-Level LASER or Class IV LASER Therapy (therapeutic LASER).
Why use LASER Therapy to relieve pain for cats?
LASER therapy helps in three primary ways. First, it helps to reduce inflammation through a process called vasodilation. The process involves enlarging the blood vessels. This in turn activates the lymphatic draining system to reduce swollen areas. The treatment then reduces the swelling, thereby curbing the pain. Secondly, LASER therapy stimulates the nerve cells that block pain signals transmitted to the brain. Thirdly, the therapy fuels the production of endorphins. These are pain-alleviating compounds that your feline produces naturally.
Consult with your veterinarian to see if LASER therapy may help with:
- Injuries in muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Any (post) surgical or tissue-related trauma
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Gingivitis and dental extractions
- Ulcers and open or untreated wounds
- Degenerative joint disease
- Neuromuscular disease
LASER therapy has a lot to offer post-therapy for your cats. It helps to expedite the wound healing process. Apart from this, you will be pleased to see increased metabolic activity in your beloved feline. What’s more, fibrous tissue formation is much reduced, and tissue repair accelerates as new cells grow. Finally, the therapy has been shown to improve the functioning of nerves.
How does LASER therapy feel?
Humans who have used this therapy report that it creates gentle warmth in the treated area and slight stinging on open wounds. LASER therapy has been proven to be safe for cats. As endorphins are released, you may see your pet relax during and after the treatment. LASER treatment does not require sedation, nor do cats need to get their hair clipped. The treatment length is quite short (between two to eight minutes). Within 12 to 24 hours, we would expect to see improvement in your feline.
Speak to our veterinarians at The Cat Hospital about LASER therapy. We confidently use this to help heal and treat your beloved felines. We will provide you with all the information you need to make a treatment decision. Call us today!
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