Laser Therapy for Cats

Laser therapy has been utilized across many fields of medicine for decades but only crossed the line and entered the veterinary world of medicine recently. Systematic study results, anecdotal reports, and clinical case reports have all become readily available sparking an interest in the use of laser treatments for various conditions. Therapeutic veterinarian laser treatments provided at Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock, TX, can be used as a treatment option for a variety of conditions including but not limited to:

  • Edema
  • Skin Wounds
  • Ligament, muscle and tendon injuries
  • Trigger points
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Nervous system injuries
  • Pain
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Post-operative incisions and tissues
  • Relieve symptoms of cancer
  • Improve vision
  • Destroy precancerous growths, destroys or shrinks polyps and tumors
  • Remove kidney stones

Lasers can also be used for sealing off surgical openings or by cauterizing body tissue together, or for sealing:

  • nerve endings to reduce pain after surgery
  • blood vessels to help prevent blood loss
  • lymph vessels to reduce swelling and limit the spread of tumor cells

Are you interested in understanding how laser therapy works and if it’s the best treatment plan for your pet? Therapeutic laser treatments can work great as part of a larger treatment protocol or as a standalone modality.

Therapeutic Laser Benefits

For those who prefer the non-invasive treatment plans and want to avoid surgery, laser therapy is the way to go. Laser energy generates, naturally, photochemical response in dysfunctional tissues and injured or damaged tissues. What are some other benefits?  Laser therapy will aid in the reduction of inflammation, relieves pain, and will accelerate recovery from a variety of chronic or acute clinical conditions.

The main goal of a veterinarian treatments is to facilitate improved mobility and function when it comes to debilitating conditions, alleviate pain and promote overall health. Are you wanting to go the surgery-free, drug-free route?  Laser therapy is the way to go. Laser therapy for general pain, osteoarthritis, tendon or muscle injuries, and other conditions is different than the surgical lasers that use solid or gas media and replaces tool that is used for incisions like the scalpel. Low-level lasers, cold lasers, and class 4 laser companion laser therapy system are the same thing and each of these terms increases blood circulation and stimulates cell regeneration.

Lasers are divided into the following categories:

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Class I

Class I lasers are safe under all conditions of normal use.
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Class II

Class II applies to only visible light lasers (400-700nm). These devices are considered eye-safe because the blink reflex will limit exposure to less than 0.25 seconds. Intentional suppression of the blink reflex could lead to eye injury. Most laser pointers are class II devices.
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Class IIIR

Class IIIR lasers in the visible spectrum have continuous wave (CW) emission of 5mw or less. These devices are considered safe if handled carefully with restricted beam viewing.
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Class IIIB

Class IIIB lasers are hazardous to the eye when viewed directly. For visible and infrared devices emission power is limited to 0.5W. Protective eyewear, key switch, and safety interlock are required safety features.
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Class IV

Class IV includes all lasers that emit power in excess of IIIB limitations. Eye protection is needed to limit both direct and diffuse reflected exposure. Key switch and safety interlock are also required safety features. The majority of scientific, industrial, military, and medical lasers fall into this category.

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Therapeutic laser treatment in the veterinarian world is here to stay and is a growing trend in today’s world. Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock TX has a strong, passionate veterinarian team that strives to provide the best care possible to your pets. For those in the Round Rock area, we will always be compassionate and believe in the importance of a feline-only practice to focus on the needs of your cat. Give us a call at 512-388-1299 for all your cat’s healthcare needs.