Laser therapy is the latest in the treatment and management of painful conditions seen in our animal patients. Laser therapy is a proven non-invasive, pain-free, surgery- free and drug-free way to treat a range of conditions in cats and dogs.
How does it work?
Laser therapy uses a process known as ‘photob-bio-modulation’. This involves the use of light as wavelengths to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood flow and circulation. The laser light wavelength is able to penetrate specific tissues and assist in relieving pain through the release of endorphins and stimulating injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace. The effects of laser include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased blood circulation and decreasing inflammation.
When is laser used?
Laser therapy can be used to treat various conditions, these include:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Degenerative joint disease
What are the benefits of laser?
There are numerous benefits of therapeutic laser therapy including:
- Pain relief
- Reduction in inflammation
- Increased tissue healing time
- Improved blood supply
- Reduce scar tissue formation
- Improve nerve function
Animals treated with laser therapy have been seen to walk better, seem happier, play with their toys more and most importantly, require less pain medications.
Is laser treatment painful?
Laser treatment is pain free and very comfortable. Most patients will feel a soothing warm sensation when the laser is administered.
Are there any side-effects?
The only contraindication for the use of laser is in cases of cancer. The veterinarian may recommend x-rays prior to commencing any laser treatment to ensure no bone cancer is present.
My pet is taking medications, can they still have laser treatment?
Laser therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other medications, such as pain relief, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.
What can I expect from my appointment?
The laser wand will be held directly over the affected area allowing the laser light to penetrate the tissue. Results are generally seen soon after treatment with most dogs feeling more comfortable straight away. Most dogs require between 3-6 treatment sessions within a course.
For safety, protective sunglasses need to worn during the session.