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Laser Therapy for Reno Dogs & Cats


Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is proud to offer our clients laser therapy treatment for their pets in Reno, NV. You may have heard of laser therapy being referred to as "cold laser therapy" or even "deep tissue laser therapy" because it uses a non-thermal beam of photon light to relieve pain and reduce inflammation by penetrating deep into the tissues to speed and enhance the body's healing ability. This type of laser is quite different from a surgical, cauterizing laser. The cold laser beam feels almost imperceptible or even pleasant to the patient due to immediate pain relief, yet it penetrates inches into the tissues. Laser therapy has been used successfully in humans since 1965, and now we can provide that same drug free, surgery free, and pain free relief for our pets! Pets who receive laser therapy treatment for aches and pains in the back and limbs show an increased range of motion and mobility. Pets who receive laser therapy for injuries, post-surgical care, and inflammatory conditions show visible improvement, increased comfort, and faster recovery!

What conditions can be treated with laser therapy?

Because of its broad range of application in pain relief, inflammation reduction, and acceleration of healing, cold laser therapy can be used to treat a myriad of health conditions and injuries.

Applications include:

  • Joint, ligament, and tendon injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions and infections
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions, cuts, and scrapes
  • Post-trauma wounds and surgical incisions
  • Arthritis and musculoskeletal disease
  • Nerve injury
  • Pancreatitis and other GI upset
  • Ear and sinus infections
  • Lick granulomas (chronic sores caused by licking)
    ...and much more!

What does laser therapy do?

Laser therapy uses a low-wave photon beam of light to give a super boost to damaged cells. It essentially speeds the processes that create ATP, or the chemical energy that enables cellular repair and regeneration! Overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes and inflammatory response, and the reproduction of new, healthy cells. This supercharged cellular activity aids in:

  • Alleviating chronic or acute pain
  • Reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Increasing circulation
  • Speeding up healing and recovery
  • Releasing endorphins—the body’s natural pain reliever!
    ...and much more!

What are laser treatments like?

After your pet’s veterinarian prescribes a laser therapy treatment regimen, each treatment is performed by a technician in our special laser room, where owners are encouraged to remain with their pets to help them feel more comfortable, safe and secure. All humans in the room wear special protective glasses, and all dogs get cute protective Doggles (pictures welcomed)! The laser beam itself is channeled through a perfectly spherical glass hand piece and directed right onto the skin, either by gently massaging with the smooth surface of the glass or holding just above the skin if direct contact is painful because of injuries. The laser beam will then penetrate inches into the tissue and create a pleasant, slightly warm sensation as it immediately starts to accelerate cellular repair and replication.

Deep tissue laser therapy for healing serious injuries or chronic stiffness usually requires multiple administrations within the first 1-2 weeks of treatment to hit pain and inflammation hard. After the initial set of treatments, they will be spread further and further apart until a maintenance level is found. The maintenance level will maintain your pet’s comfort and mobility with their chronic inflammatory condition. In cases where laser is used for acute inflammatory conditions, wounds, or pain, however, this rule does not apply—laser treatments are no longer needed once the wound or inflammatory condition is healed.