Gateway Veterinary Hospital, 11222 N.E. Halsey St., now offers cold laser therapy that helps aid in the healing process. Medical lasers have been around for over 30 years.

Most of us are aware of lasers’ ability to cut and that they are being used in various types of surgery.

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Dr. Matt Dahlquist, D.V.M. and Certified Vet Technician Rebecca Martilla give a cold laser therapy treatment to Jesse, a Gateway Veterinary Hospital patient.

Today, the non-cutting therapy laser is gaining popularity and respect in the medical field. These therapy lasers help the healing process by speeding up cellular metabolism, reducing inflammation and reducing pain using continuous and pulsed emissions of light.

Doctors at Gateway Veterinary Hospital are convinced of the usefulness by the research and results seen with its patients referred out for laser therapy, so much so that the hospital has recently installed a top of the line therapy laser.

Laser therapy is a drug free, non-invasive treatment that can help with conditions like arthritis, cruciate ligament damage, knee luxation, hip dysplasia, lick sores, gingivitis, lameness and inflamed ears. It can even by used after a traditional surgery to speed the healing process. Some ailments respond in just one treatment, but most require a series of treatments and periodic maintenance sessions.

This is a medical service that requires a diagnostic exam so the doctor can incorporate therapy laser into a customized treatment plan. The use of cold laser therapy for pain can help minimize the need for prescription drugs.

The concurrent use of nutraceuticals like glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and omega fatty acids is still recommended to support joint and cartilage health. Pets with common issues like bad knees, hips and arthritis can be more comfortable with cold laser therapy added to their treatment program.

Call Gateway Veterinary Hospital at 503-253-2142 to ask about cold laser therapy for you pet.