Are you looking for a holistic, gentle and non-invasive therapy for your feline companion? Laser acupuncture for cats may be the answer.
Laser Therapy for Cats Has 50 Years of Documented Success
Laser therapy, along with laser acupuncture, has been used successfully on humans and animals for nearly 50 years. While this holistic treatment is used extensively by veterinarians, physicians and physical therapists in Europe, laser therapy only recently received FDA approval here in the United States.
Laser therapy utilizes “cold” concentrated red and near-infrared light to penetrate the deeper muscle and tissue layers. We want to reiterate that these lasers are concentrated beams of cool light. While they have positive energetic effects in the way they stimulate cell regeneration and tissue repair, laser acupuncture for cats does not cut, puncture, or in anyway cause discomfort or harm to your cat. In fact, many of our feline patients actually purr contentedly or even doze off in the midst of their 5 – 10 minute (or less!) sessions.
A special adaptive tip can be used to concentrate the laser light into a very fine beam which can be used to treat individual acupuncture points instead of needles for patients who don’t tolerate needles.
Laser Therapy is Non-Invasive & Drug-Free
One of the best things about laser therapy, or laser acupuncture, is that it is completely non-invasive and drug free.While medications and surgery are certainly required for certain medical conditions or traumatic injuries, and our practice is happy to recommend them when necessary, we find the best way to heal any animal (or human) is to use the least-invasive option to stimulate and promote the body’s natural and innate healing mechanisms – most specifically the immune system.
By using scientifically and artfully directed lasers, we can treat a range of ailments and diseases in cats – including:
- Wounds (including the faster healing of post-surgical wounds and trauma)
- Infected wounds
- Neck and back pain
- Edema and congestion
- Trauma or injury in the ligaments or connective tissue
- Bone fractures
- Muscular injury or trauma
- Chronic renal failure
- Respiratory issues including coughing and upper respiratory disease
- Intestinal/digestive issues
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
In scientific terms, laser acupuncture alters cellular physiology, intercellular signaling and mitochondrial oxidative metabolism. In layperson’s terms, this healing modality:
- Stimulates healthy cell function and regeneration
- Helps the cells connect and communicate with one another, exponentially benefiting the connection and relationships between tissue layers
- Increases oxygenation and energy levels in the cells to support their healing and to stimulate faster, new cell growth
As a result of these processes, your injured, sick or uncomfortable cat benefits from:
- Reduced inflammation. The less inflamed the area is, the more healing can take place and the more mobile your cat becomes. This will manifest in a healthier appetite and better overall wellbeing.
- More comprehensive pain management. As inflammation wanes and healing is restored, pain dissipates naturally. You may find that you using laser therapy for your cat reduces its pain med dose or eliminates the need for pain medications altogether.
- Increased blood flow. Another benefit of cell regeneration and reduced inflammation is that circulation is restored. Sluggish blood slows down the healing process, while healthy circulation allows your kitty’s body to keep shedding toxins and eliminating dead or damaged tissue faster, while simultaneously increasing oxygenation and nutrition.
What is a Laser Acupuncture Session Like?
Veterinary laser therapy sessions are relatively short, typically lasting between five- and ten minutes – and sometimes even less. Because our veterinarians and staff practice fear-free pet care, we’ll treat your cat wherever s/he is most comfortable – typically either on the exam table or down on the floor.
During that time, we’ll continue petting, stroking (or not, if that makes him/her uncomfortable), and speaking gently to your cat to keep him/her calm. The tool that delivers the laser is a small, hand-held device that we direct as needed to very specific points along the cat’s body, depending on the issue we’re treating.
Cats feel little to no sensation
In most cases, cats don’t feel anything at all from the treatment itself, while some may feel a very gentle tingling or buzzing sensation. Acute areas requiring treatment may feel slight sensitive during the treatment, but then will feel relief directly afterwards.
There are no side effects other than beneficial ones, although we have heard very occasional reports that older pain or injury sights may be slightly sore for a day or two as new healing is activated, after which the cat typically feels better and is more active. Most conditions will require at least two treatments, more serious or chronic conditions may require five to eight – or even more – treatments.
Are you interested in learning more about laser acupuncture for cats to help your beloved kitty? Contact us here at Wise & Wonderful Vet and schedule a consultation. We believe finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet is key to supporting your animal companions’ long, healthy and comfortable lives.