Therapeutic Laser treatments are a pet friendly way to increase comfort, decrease pain, decrease swelling and inflammation and to speed healing without medication side effects using light therapy. Therapeutic lasers use a different wavelength of light than surgical lasers use. Therapy lasers will not remove hair; they may actually improve hair re-growth in areas of recent hair loss due to skin disease or infections as long as the underlying skin condition has been appropriately treated. Therapy lasers use certain wavelengths of light delivered on a cellular level to increase the cells’ ATP levels (essential for cellular energy production) and reduce pain, reduce inflammation and promote healing by activity on many different cellular mechanisms. This photochemical process is called photobiomodulation.
The laser therapy is conducted in a laser safe room with a massaging type roller action for musculoskeletal issues or a special “no touch” handle for wounds, skin problems, painful areas or special situations. All staff members and pets in the room must wear appropriate eye protection during the therapy session. Your pet will feel a gentle warmth during the laser therapy. Most pets relax and really enjoy their therapy sessions. Many university and professional sports teams use therapy lasers for their athletes for increased comfort and to speed healing.
Although your pet may feel some benefit after the first treatment, multiple treatments are usually needed. Acute (recent) conditions or wounds will require fewer treatments than ongoing chronic conditions such as arthritis. Multiple sessions a week will help your pet improve more quickly. As improvement continues, sessions will be given less frequently. There are many different medical conditions that may benefit from laser therapy including: skin lesions, wounds, lick granulomas, ear infections, post op dental procedures, post op surgical incisions, urinary tract disorders, anal sacculitis, arthritis, disc disease, orthopedic problems, tendonitis, sprains and strains. Laser therapy is also useful in physical therapy and rehabilitation programs.
If you feel that your pet could benefit from laser therapy, please contact us to schedule an exam and consult before your first session. If your pet has any ongoing medical problems, we will need to have the medical information before we see your pet. Cancer patients are generally not candidates for laser therapy.