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Laser Therapy

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is proud to offer our clients laser therapy treatment for their pets in Reno, NV.

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What conditions can be treated?

Because of its broad range of applications 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!

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, eliminating 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, a technician performs each treatment 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 handpiece 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, this rule does not apply—laser treatments are no longer needed once the wound or inflammatory condition is healed.