Therapy Laser Overview

What is laser therapy?

Class IV laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy has been used for decades in human physical therapy, as it induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation,” leading to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and faster healing.

The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece, so is not a stressful experience to most patients. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth to the treated area but it does not cause any discomfort. Most sessions take only a matter of minutes with the pet resting on your lap or on a soft bed.

This therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain, as well as a broad range of acute or chronic issues, including:

Acute Conditions

  • Wounds
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Cuts/bites
  • Inflammation/swelling
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Sprains/strains & fractures
  • Post-surgical healing & pain relief…and more.

Chronic Conditions

  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Arthritis and Geriatric Care
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Feline Acne
  • Otitis (ear infection)… and more.

Treatment protocols will be unique to each patient and condition, therefore treatments may vary in time, complexity, and cost depending on the needs of your pet. Laser therapy can be used on its own, or to enhance other treatment plans recommended by our doctors.

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Please visit this link for more information on laser therapy: http://www.litecure.com/companion/for-pet-owners/

Clinical Research Supports Therapeutic Laser Treatments to REDUCE PAIN

“The therapy laser is an essential tool in veterinary medicine’s pain management arsenal…Essentially anything that is considered a painful or inflammatory condition can benefit from laser therapy.” — Laser Therapy and its role in Pain Management and Rehabilitation, by Jennifer F. Johnson, VMD, CVPP, in Canadian Vet, May/June 2016 Click link to full article: Laser Therapy and its Role in Pain Management

“Therapeutic photobiomodulation, such as provided by therapy lasers,
has become an important element in a multimodal approach to pain management.
The analgesic effects achieved with the administration of therapeutic photobiomodulation are well documented in the literature…(and) The mechanisms resulting in this physiological achievement are clearly understood.”
— Therapeutic Photobiomodulation: A Necessary Component of a Veterinary Pain Management Strategy, by Ronald J. Riegel, DVM, in Veterinary Practice News, September, 2012
Click link to full article: Therapeutic Photobiomodulation VPN

“…He has regained mobility and a level of comfort Dr. Miller Becnel thought might be unreachable. ‘The therapy has made believers out of all of us here,’ says Miller Becnel, the owner-operator of The Cat Hospital of Metairie in Louisiana. ‘It’s a wonderful thing.’
— Class IV Laser Sheds New Light on Treatment of Elderly Animals, by Dennis Arp, in Veterinary Practice News, January, 2012
Click link to full article: Class IV Laser Sheds New Light On Treatment Of Elderly Animals

Physiological Effects of Laser Therapy, a Diagram.
Click link to diagram: Effects of Therapy Laser

Therapy Laser – Faster Healing Post-Op

Laser therapy hastens Luna’s post-operative healing.

Luna, a five-year-old mixed breed dog, was recovering well after having a mass removed from her side, but could not resist a little scratching at her incision. While she wore a t-shirt to prevent further exploration of the site, laser treatments helped to speed healing and reduce the risk of infection. In just three brief laser treatments (under 10 minutes each), Luna’s incision site was significantly better – and there was no need to make her wear the “cone of shame” (ie. an e-collar).