When performing a physical exam our Doctors look for signs your pet may be experiencing such as pain, stiffness, or inability to use their joints. x-rays may be taken to look for injuries or evidence of arthritis. blood and urine lab work identify if the pain is related to an infection. Treatment options include medication, from glucosamine to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories that manage painful symptoms. Typically the severity of the symptoms will dictate which type of therapy is best. At Murphy Road Animal Hospital, we use a therapeutic laser to help treat pain and lameness of almost any origin. It is a standard protocol following surgery at the incision site to help reduce pain and swelling.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser energy to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. There are no side effects. The patient usually lays down during the treatment. It is a comfortable and relaxing procedure. Most single site procedures only take 4 to 6 minutes to complete.
Laser therapy improves the quality of a dog’s life as well as the life of its owner, because if your dog is happy you are happy.