K-Laser Therapy for Pets in Germantown, MD
Was your pet injured recently? Does he suffer from chronic pain caused by an underlying disease? You could turn to painkillers and surgery—or you could pursue K-Laser therapy, an advanced veterinary treatment used for pet pain management.
What Is a K-Laser?
K-Laser is a Class IV therapeutic laser that delivers a drug-free, surgery-free, pain-free treatment option for your pet. It uses red and near-infrared wavelengths of light to penetrate tissues deep under your pet’s skin. This induces a photochemical reaction at the cellular level, boosting metabolic activity inside the cells.
The purpose of this therapy is to improve nutrient delivery across the cell membrane, which stimulates the production of cellular energy. The resulting therapeutic outcomes of the cell’s response to the laser light include increased cellular function, repaired tissue damage, and pain relief.
Laser therapy first existed in Europe in the 1970s. In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration cleared it for use in the United States. Since then, K-Laser has earned worldwide recognition as a highly effective pet pain treatment option.
How Is K-Laser Therapy Used for Pain Management in Pets?
The physiological effects of Class IV laser therapy include:
- Increased circulation
- Reduced inflammation
- Decreased pain
- Improved tissue healing and cell growth
- Faster wound healing
- Increased metabolic activity
- Improved vascular activity
- Regulation of the immune system
These results of K-laser therapy make this the ideal treatment for a wide variety of ailments your pet may suffer from. Basically, anything that causes pain or inflammation can be improved with K-Laser therapy. Here are a few examples:
- Arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, hip dysplasia, and other forms of joint pain
- Infections, open wounds, strains and sprains, bone fractures, snake and insect bites, and other injuries and accidents
- Inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract infections, and other digestive system ailments
- Rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, feline asthma, and other respiratory-related conditions
- Gingivitis, periodontitis, and feline stomatitis
- Hematomas, neuropathy, and dermatitis
When your pet begins K-Laser therapy, expect the animal to exhibit signs of greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours. The full effects of treatment start to appear after just three to eight treatments.
Each treatment takes two to eight minutes to complete, and multiple sites can be treated in a single visit. Acute conditions may be treated daily until the site heals (which usually only takes a day or two). For chronic pain, treatments usually begin at two to three times a week, tapering down to once a week or less after about a month. A maintenance schedule could include ongoing once-a-month treatments.
Benefits of Managing Your Pet’s Pain with K-Laser Treatment
Compared to other pain treatment options for your pet, K-Laser therapy offers the most benefits. For example:
- Laser treatment is all-natural, requiring no drugs or surgery to help your pet heal.
- No sedation or restraint is necessary during K-Laser therapy. In fact, the treatment itself is comforting and pleasant for your pet.
- Since no incisions are required, your pet doesn’t need to be shaved.
- Laser therapy is a great treatment by itself or as an additional treatment for pets who can’t tolerate pain medications.
- Very few side effects have ever been reported. Sometimes, old injuries flare up for a few days as the healing response kicks in.
Visit Germantown Veterinary Clinic for K-Laser Treatment!
Class IV therapeutic lasers are just one of several pain management treatments we offer for pets in the Germantown, MD area.