Healing Their Pain… Changing Their Life.
What is Laser Therapy?
It is the use of an FDA approved targeted infrared laser light to increase the production of cellular activity within tissue. This process, which has been widely used by “people doctors” to reduce inflammation, pain, swelling, and improve healing in humans, is now available for pets!
Has Effectiveness Been Demonstrated Scientifically?
Yes! There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
- Joint Pain
- Hot Spots
- Back, Spine and Disc Pain
- Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery
- Spider Bites
- Hip Dysplasia
- Lick Granulomas
- Ear Inflammation
- Feline Acne
- Post-Surgical Pain
- And Much More!
What To Expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. Your pet may feel a mild, soothing, warm sensation.
A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. Most patients require several treatments [3 to 8] for greatest benefit.
Actual treatment time is 3 to 8 minutes for each site treated depending on the size of the area being treated.
A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
- Every other day for 1 week [3 total]
- Twice the second week [2 total]
- Once the third week [1 total]
- Touch Ups as needed
Our veterinarians will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
Are There Any Side Effects Or Associated Risks?
During more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How Often Should A Patient Be Treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
What Are Some Signs The Laser Treatment Is Working?
- Your pet may go up and down stairs better
(or jump on the the couch easier).
- Your pet will find it easier to stand up or lie down.
- They may start eating better.
- He / she may not tire as easily on walks.
- Skin and tissue will heal faster with less biting / scratching.
- Open or oozing wounds will start to dry and heal.
Reintroduction To Activity
Laser Therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion. Often the patient will exhibit renewed energy and freedom of movement. Resist the urge to “test” the treatment right away (No frisbees, tennis balls, etc.). Consult with our veterinarians before returning your pet to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to ensure the patient does not aggravate the condition.
Veterinary Laser Therapy In Andover, KS
For more information about laser therapy for your pet or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!