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Laser Therapy

Pet Laser Therapy in Westlake Village, CA

Pet Laser Therapy at Anza Animal Clinic by Our Westlake Village Veterinarians

As your trusted Westlake Village veterinarians, our team at Anza Animal Clinic is here to provide your pets with the highest standard of veterinary care. We understand that nobody wants to see their pet in pain, yet many conditions (such as arthritis) can cause dogs and cats alike to suffer from extreme pain and discomfort on a daily basis. In our office, we’re happy to offer MLS laser therapy as one of our many services to help you pet find relief from pain.

What is MLS Laser Therapy?

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy is a treatment used to treat pain and inflammation in pets using therapeutic wavelengths and and energetic synergy. Specifically, this treatment utilizes special lasers to gently and carefully penetrate tissue several centimeters and treat symptoms without the use of more invasive treatments or surgeries. The light from this specialized laser can be adjusted to different wavelengths to relieve pain, improve blood circulation, and even release endorphins in pets.

MLS laser therapy treatments can be performed on both dogs and cats, and are generally performed in sessions of as little as 10 minutes at a time (though larger animals may require longer treatments).

Benefits of Laser Therapy for Dogs and Cats

There are a number of benefits of using laser therapy to treat various medical conditions in dogs and cats. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that the treatment sessions are non-invasive, which drastically reduces any risk of side effects or complications that would otherwise be present with surgeries and other treatments.

Furthermore, laser therapy can be extremely effective in helping pets find relief from pain, in addition to reducing inflammation and releasing “feel-good” hormones in the blood stream that can help your pet cope with and manage various medical conditions. Laser therapy has also been found to stimulate protein synthesis and cell growth, which is ideal for healing.

Common Conditions Treated By Laser Therapy

There are many medical conditions that can be treated with MLS laser therapy in our Thousand Oaks Veterinary office, such as:

  • Arthritis – laser therapy can be used to reduce inflammation in the joints, providing relief from pain.
  • Back Pain – laser therapy can treat pain through inflammation reduction
  • Knee Pain – most knee pain is caused by joint inflammation, so symptoms can be relieved by reducing inflammation with laser therapy
  • Hip Dysplasia – therapy reduces pain by treating inflammation and promoting new cell growth, thus relieving hip pain
  • Torn Cruciate Ligament – laser therapy can be used to stimulate new cell growth and promote healing

Consider it the “non-cutting” edge of veterinary science! Laser therapy is an innovative technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. This non-invasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area, which accelerates the healing process. It has been successfully used to accelerate the healing process after surgery, alleviate joint pain, and treat degenerative diseases.

How it works

Low-level or “cold” laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cells, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation also releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.

The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with most patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.

Conditions improved with laser therapy:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease

Laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative treatments. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine.

Pet Laser Therapy for Arthritis in Westlake Village, CA

If you’ve had the joy of watching your pet grow up, you’ve seen him go through all kinds of changes. Unfortunately, some of the changes that afflict aging pets can be less than enjoyable–notably arthritis, that common, age-related scourge of humans and pets alike. But now your pet and other animals in Westlake Village and surrounding areas can experience safe, effective relief from that pain, stiffness, and inflammation. That’s because Anza Animal Clinic offers state-of-the-art laser therapy to help your pet feel and function better.

How Arthritis Affects Your Pet – and How Laser Therapy Helps

“Arthritis” is something of a catch-all term to describe any of a number of conditions that cause inflammation of the joints. While some cases of arthritis are related to autoimmune dysfunction or infectious agents such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, most arthritis in pets is degenerative in nature. Osteoarthritis occurs when the smooth, cushioning layer of cartilage between bones ends starts to thin and break down after years of wear and tear. The resulting bone-on-bone friction is not only painful, but it also causes the formation of extra bone that stiffens the joints. Your pet may have trouble walking, lying down, standing up or climbing.

While anti-inflammatory drugs or even surgery (in severe cases) can help reduce and manage arthritis in pets, some pets aren’t healthy enough to tolerate these treatments, while many owners would prefer a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical answer — which is exactly what laser therapy offers. Compared to surgical lasers, therapeutic lasers operate at a lower frequency level, emitting a beam that passes harmlessly through the skin. Beneath the skin surface, the light energy increases ATP production in cells, giving them more of the “fuel” they need to repair and regenerate themselves. It also enhances blood flow to the treatment site, helping the tissues expel inflammatory substances that cause pain and swelling. Laser therapy can even prompt the body to produce its own natural painkillers, substances known as endorphins.

Safe, Drug-Free Arthritis Relief From Either Veterinarian on Our Team

Either veterinarian on our two-vet team at Anza Animal Clinic can prescribe and administer our Multilocked Laser System (MLS) therapy for arthritic pets who can benefit from the procedure. For smaller animals, a typical session may take just 10 minutes. We may recommend 2 to 3 sessions a week at first, with less frequent sessions after that. Many pets show signs of reduced pain and increased mobility that very first week. We don’t even have to shave the treatment area or make other elaborate preparations; your pet simply lies down and enjoys a soothing, relaxing treatment!

Learn More About Our High-Tech Vet Care for Arthritis, Call Us Today To Schedule An Appointment!

If you live in or around Thousand Oaks, and you are seeking a safe, alternative option for arthritis pain management for your pet our laser therapy may be a great choice for you. Call Anza Animal Clinic at (805) 495-1059 — and don’t forget to check out our online coupons and new client special discounts!

If you would like to know more about laser therapy and if it could benefit your pet, contact us at (805) 495-1059.