Cedar Rapids Veterinarian Explains Benefits of Laser Therapy

Pets can have everyday aches and pains just like us. It’s no fun getting old! Has your pet been slower to rise or struggling to use the stairs? Does your pet struggle with allergies- constantly licking feet or having ear infections? These aches and pains and many more can be treated with a class IV therapy laser.

Conditions Laser Therapy Can Treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Many Skin Conditions
  • Ear Infections and Inflammation
  • Wound Healing
  • Gingivitis
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Lacerations and Abrasions
  • Burns
  • Soft Tissue Strains and Sprains


How does it work?

It uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. It induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, and inflammation, and increased healing speed. It helps to rehabilitate damaged cells by restoring function to the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. It also causes the blood vessels to widen and thus, increases blood flow to the damaged area.

Laser Therapy Treatment


Success Story

Dr. Sarah Hickey from Edgewood Animal Hospital explains, "I've used laser therapy for a variety of diseases such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, shoulder/neck injuries and back injuries. I had an 11-year-old Corgi I was treating for invertebral disk disease. IVDD is where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst into the spinal cord space, causing pain, nerve damage, or even paralysis. I used the laser therapy on this patient for 6 months. She has regained full function and is significantly less painful." 

How many treatments will my pet need?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Treatments will vary in time, complexity, and cost.

Think your pet would benefit from laser therapy? Call our office at 319-396-7800 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors or schedule an appointment online here.

(Sources: Companion Therapy Laser Litecure LLC and Dr. Sarah Hickey-Edgewood Animal Hospital)

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