Laser Therapy for Dogs and Cats in Reno, NV At Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital, we recognize that every pet heals and responds to treatment in a different way. We also believe that better options should be available for those who need it. When it comes to healing and pain relief, oral medication is often one of the main factors in the patient’s care plan. But medication is not always effective, and if it is, the effects may diminish or even become harmful if the medication is given over the long term. That’s why we offer laser therapy for dogs and cats as an alternative or supplement to your pet’s current treatment plan. This therapy is drug-free, non-invasive, and does not cause any negative side effects. Laser therapy might be a good treatment option for your pet. To find out more, call (775) 852-8522, or request an appointment online. How the Treatment Works Therapeutic laser treatment is fairly simple and straightforward, and there is no fasting or sedation required beforehand. A hand-held device that gently emits low-level infrared light beams is lightly massaged over the area requiring treatment. The light particles safely and painlessly penetrate through the outer tissues and go deep into the muscle tissue, where they spur cell production and accelerate the repair process. This induces a healing effect and generates a soothing warmth for your pet, which can make for a pleasant experience. How Laser Therapy Benefits Your Pet Laser therapy treatment is designed to benefit your pet in several ways: Reduce pain Decrease swelling and inflammation Increase blood circulation to affected areas Speed up the healing process Improve mobility and overall sense of well-being With our therapeutic laser, we can accelerate your pet’s recovery from surgery or injury and give them a better quality of life. What It can Treat Laser therapy can be used to treat a vast range of conditions in dogs and cats, with the exception of cancer, which could be worsened with laser treatment. Some of the conditions we commonly treat with our laser include: Arthritis Back, joint, and muscle pain Tendon, ligament and muscle injuries Burns, lacerations, and puncture wounds Surgery sites Lick granulomas Ear infections Gingivitis Inflammation and bruising …and more How to Tell If Your Pet is in Pain We can’t rely on our pets to tell us if they’re in pain, but they don’t always like to show us, either. For reasons of self-preservation, dogs and cats will do all they can to conceal any sign of weakness, including pain, lameness, and illness. Still, there are some things you can look for, such as: Decreased appetite Slow to stand or lie down Reluctant to go up and down the stairs Sleeping more often Whimpering, meowing/crying, especially when touched Shaking Lameness Licking area continuously If your pet seems to be hurting, we want to help. Please call our animal hospital at (775) 852-8522 to schedule a checkup.