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Laser Therapy

Some helpful info

How does it work? 

Laser therapy involves directing infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues to accelerate the body's natural healing process. 

The laser is placed in direct contact with the skin which enables light photons to penetrate the tissue and interact with molecules within the cells to cause several biochemical effects (photobiomodulation). 

Laser therapy has the following effects: 

Increases the temperature of the tissue which has a soothing effect and increases vascular supply.
Provides energy for the cells within the tissue, allowing them to repair.
Reduces the transmission of pain signals from the tissue to the central nervous system.

There are, therefore, MANY BENEFITS of laser therapy:

  • Analgesic effect
  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Reduction of swelling
  • Accelerated tissue repair
  • Soothing muscle tension
  • Faster would healing
  • Reduction of scar tissue
  • Improved nerve function
  • Improved vascular activity

What does it involve?

Every treatment is tailor-made by your vet. The nurses often carry out the therapy. Each session lasts anywhere between 1 minute and 30 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. Treatment for arthritis tends to take the longest as we treat the painful joints as well as any associated muscle pain/spasm. 

The number of sessions required depends on the condition. Some conditions will only require a few sessions. For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, we would normally recommend an initial course of 6 treatments over the first three weeks, followed by long-term treatment every 1-4 weeks depending on the duration of benefit. 

What else do you need to know? 

The treatment is pain-free, non-invasive and safe. It is tolerated very well, in fact most patients enjoy their sessions! It is compatible with any other treatment your pet may need, including oral medication, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and physiotherapy. 

Your pet's hair does not have to be clipped, they do not need to be sedated and you can remain with them at all times. It is even covered by insurance (although we always recommend you check with your provider first).

Pain and inflammation associated with the following conditions can effectively be managed:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain/disorders
  • Sprains/strains
  • Wounds
  • Skin disorders
  • Abscesses
  • Ear infections
  • Anal gland infections
  • Post-dental treatment
  • Post-surgical swelling and more! 

Ask us for more details.