At Merritt Animal Hospital, we offer therapeutic laser which is a form of light therapy. The light from the laser helps cells heal making a recovery much quicker. Almost any pet who steps into the clinic can benefit from therapeutic laser therapy.
What are the benefits of laser therapy?
Therapeutic lasers can be used to treat many conditions in dogs. Lasers would benefit any condition requiring healthy tissue growth and can even help speed up the healing process. It can help any condition that requires pain relief, reduction of inflammation, increased blood supply, reduction of swelling, or immune system support. This therapeutic procedure can be used as a treatment by itself but is also recommended to be used alongside conventional veterinary medicine. Call us at 519-360-4508 to learn how laser therapy can benefit your pet.
Are lasers dangerous for dogs? Are there any side effects?
Laser therapy is a very safe procedure, as there are no side effects. However, there are some cases where laser therapy is not recommended. Such conditions include lasering over a pregnant uterus, into the eye, over the thyroid gland, over a tumour (when cancer is suspected), or on patients with a history of epileptic seizures.
What kind of lasers are used on pets?
There are different classes used in laser therapy. The laser used at our clinic is called a "Class 3b" laser. It is a relatively safer laser, and we take all precautions, such as using protective eyewear to ensure your pet experiences no harm. Another laser called "Class 4" can also be used on pets to perform surgical procedures. These lasers are more powerful; thus, extra precautions are taken as they can cause burns to the skin.