laser therapy for cats

Cat Laser Therapy

Everything You Should Know About Laser Therapy for Cats

Laser therapy uses an intense beam of laser light. This beam is directed at tissues on your cat's body to reduce pain and inflammation as well as increase blood flow and promote healing. Your veterinarian may recommend laser therapy for your cat, which might seem like a new-age or overly high tech treatment modality. The truth is, laser therapy for cats has been proven to provide numerous benefits in treating a variety of conditions that cats commonly face, so we in the veterinary community have begun to recommend it as an option more and more.

If you think your cat might benefit from laser therapy, contact a local veterinarian to learn more.

When Might Cat Laser Therapy Be Used?

Laser therapy can be used in a variety of situations for cats. In some clinics, laser therapy is used during dental surgeries because many cats have severe dental and gum disease, and they may need to have teeth surgically extracted. Using the laser on their gingival tissue helps to increase the speed at which the tissue heals, reduces pain and inflammation, and can be very beneficial in getting cats to eat rather soon after the dental procedure. 

Your veterinarian may also recommend the use of a laser on other surgical procedures in which tissue is handled, such as after a spay or neuter. Cats with wounds may also do well with laser therapy, as this procedure can often help tissue to heal more quickly. 

If your cat suffers from arthritis, your veterinarian may recommend the use of laser therapy. There are fewer options when it comes to pain relief for cats as compared to dogs, and the most common ones - the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - are not typically well tolerated with long-term use. Degenerative back and joint diseases often respond rather well to laser therapy.

What Will Laser Therapy Be Like For My Cats?

When laser therapy is recommended for cats, they have to handle holding fairly still for a period of time. Most cats will tolerate this rather well, and it is generally a safe procedure for cats. It's not painful, but it can make the area warm, which may make some cats feel uncomfortable. 

Laser therapy for pets may be used once or repeatedly over a period of time. For post-op care, most veterinary practices will just use laser therapy one time during the postoperative period. With chronic health issues, such as arthritis, your veterinarian may recommend doing it multiple times each week for a period of several weeks in order to get the inflammation under control. This will help your cat to feel better. 

What is Involved in Cat Laser Therapy Home Care?

A nice benefit to laser therapy for cats is that there is no real aftercare to worry about. Once you take them home, they can generally resume their normal activities (unless the procedure was used postoperatively). Of course, remember to discuss the aftercare with your veterinarian. Hopefully, your beloved pet will heal quickly and have good pain management through the use of cat laser therapy. 

Contact a local veterinarian to learn more about the many ways your cat could benefit from laser therapy.