We are happy to be able to offer your pets healing laser therapy, an exciting alternative to traditional therapy for arthritis and joint pain.
Laser treatment is suitable for dogs and cats, is free from side effects and produces a mild soothing heat over the treatment are. The laser light is able to penetrate deeply into the tissue and provide energy that stimulates cellular respiration to promote healing. The light energy also affects nerves directly reducing the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system. The net result is increased rate of healing and decreased pain.
After an initial consultation with one of our veterinarians to plan therapy, treatments are completed by our staff of laser certified technicians and typically take less than 10 minutes. Most pets benefit from the therapy with the first 2-3 sessions scheduled in the first week of treatment. Thereafter, sessions are reduced in frequency to a maintenance schedule based on the duration of benefit for your pet, usually every 2-4 weeks.
The cost laser treatment depends on the number of joints requiring treatment.
Please contact our office if you are interested in scheduling a laser consult or have any questions regarding treatment.
THERAPEUTIC LASER TREATMENT TESTAMONIAL
Meet Anna. She is a beautiful 12-year-old Belgian Tervuren who came to see us for a large open and oozing wound on her inner thigh that was surrounded by painful, swollen, and compromised tissue. We don’t know exactly what happened to cause it but believe that she sustained a spider bite to the area. Spider bites can be extremely painful and the toxins injected into the skin can cause massive damage radiating from the initial bite site, resulting in blackened, dying, and sloughing tissues. It is lucky that her mom found the lesion before it progressed too quickly! We cleaned up the wound and treated her with oral antibiotics, pain medication and medicated topical cream. Typically with this kind of treatment, the wound would have likely completely healed in several weeks, but only after the surrounding tissues had finished dying off and peeling away. Because of her advanced age and because of the nasty nature of spider bites, we wanted to be more aggressive with our treatment and decided to institute therapeutic laser therapy.
After only 2 days of laser therapy, we were noticing extremely rapid and significant improvement in the affected tissues. After 6 laser treatments, she was almost completely healed! The most remarkable thing was that the treated tissues did not die and slough off as we were expecting with a nasty bite! Anna is now back to her normal happy self and we were all thrilled to see her progress!
Day 14: The tissues are looking almost completely normal with minimal scarring!
Is laser therapy new?
The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
What can be treated with laser therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What's involved with treating my pet?
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.
How does it work?
The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called "photo-bio-modulation". This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What can I expect at home?
You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.
How should I support this treatment at home?
There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet's condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.
What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?
Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.
What will my pet feel?
As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.
Is there anything my pet should or shouldn't do, or take, while on the treatment?
Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.
When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?
You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.