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 Laser Therapy 

​How Does it Work?

Laser therapy is a treatment using high intensity light particles (called photons) to stimulate cells and promote healing. These effects include:

  • Improved healing time
  • Pain reduction
  • Increased circulation

  • Decreased swelling

 

The therapy is easy to administer; it also has the added benefit of acting like a massage which means most patients find the treatment not only medically beneficial, but also enjoyable to receive.

What to Expect

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 10) for the greatest benefit. As such, for most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. The majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a  treatment session.

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels a mild warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty 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 long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment time is 2 to 8 minutes depending on the nature of the problem, as well as size of the animal and area being treated.

How long before the results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Absolutely! Laser therapy is often used along with other forms of therapy including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, anti-inflammatory medication, or following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Can I be present when my pet has a therapy session?
Definitely! Because treatment is pain free and fast it can be done in a regular consultation.

How much does it cost?
Pricing is dependent on your pets treatment plan however a standard 10 pack for hip dysplasia is $320. A single session is $40.

What happens next?
If you think your pet is suffering from a condition that may benefit from laser therapy then book in to see one of our vets to assess whether laser therapy is appropriate.