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Laser Therapy Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing
Larchmont Animal Clinic is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Uses for laser therapy include:
• Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
• General pain management
• Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
• Skin problems
• Dental procedures
• Fractures and wounds
• Ear infections
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.
Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion.
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
• Abnormal sitting or lying posture
• Circling multiple times before lying down
• Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
• Limping, unable to get up or lie down
• Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
• Lack of grooming
• Won’t wag tail
• Licking or biting area
• Lack of appetite
Amelie had been limping on her left rear leg for sometime, so Dr. Achenbach recommended a series of Therapy Laser sessions.During the sessions, Amelie was very relaxed. She is very comfortable with it.After just a few sessions, we started to notice a difference. The limp went away and she no longer needed pain killers. She used to need pain killers everyday, but after a couple of months of using the Therapy Laser, she needed a pain killer maybe once every two weeks. It's been amazing so far.
- Charles with pet, Amelie, a Labradoodle, 11 years old, 40lbs
Ally's symptoms included spinal fusion and she was very painful. The doctors at the Larchmont Animal Clinic suggested Ally try a series of Therapy Laser. Ally is very calm during the therapy. It only takes a short time. Today is her 6th session. After 5 sessions, combined with a pain killer, her response has been miraculous. Her energy has returned and her pain seems to be gone! I will return for another package of treatments if her symptoms return.
- David with pet, Ally, a Jack Russell Mix, 12 years old, 12 1/2 lbs
Snickers is 12 years old and had a very hard time getting up and was limping badly. Dr. Achenbach gave Therapy Laser as an option to help. After 8 sessions, she stopped limping. She hasn't been limping since and because she feels better, she wants to go on walks again which improves her energy.
- Kim with pet, Snickers, a Corgi, 12 years old, 26 lbs.
I heard about Therapy Laser from Dr. Ciganek, because Sydney had a bad knee and I felt she was too old for an operation. The doctor suggested we try Therapy Laser. Sydney was scared at first. She is now able to put weight on her back right leg and can walk without limping. She even came up to the 2nd floor a couple of times which she hadn't done in 3 months and tried to jump on the bed, unsuccessfully.
- Anne with pet, Sydney, a Shepard Mix, 14 yrs old