What is Therapeutic LASER Therapy for dogs and cats?
Laser uses light energy to help the body heal itself more effectively. Therapeutic lasers use light waves of a specific wavelength to cause photobiomodulation, or the enhancement of cellular and tissue functions. Light energy is then absorbed by the cells to promote growth and repair. It also reduces pain and inflammation.
How can it help my pet and me?
Laser has many benefits, which vary slightly depending on the condition. Overall, it is non-invasive, non-painful, has very few contradictions or side effects, and can be used alongside most current medications. The main clinical benefits of laser use in pets include decreased inflammation, decreased pain and improved wound healing.
How does it work?
The therapeutic laser is similar to a flashlight, but it only emits beneficial wavelengths in the red and infrared range. The probe is applied over the problem area for a specific amount of time. It is non-invasive and non-painful.
How long does it take?
Sessions take 15 minutes and are booked with our rehab technicians. The number of sessions and treatment frequency depends on the injury or health issue. Chronic conditions may be treated once every 1 to 2 weeks, while surgical incisions and open wounds may need daily treatments. The technician will advise on what is required for your pet.
Does it hurt my pet?
No. Most pets don’t even notice the treatment. Some will feel a gentle warming sensation.
What are the benefits of Low-Level LASER Therapy for dogs and cats?
Laser will benefit most conditions where reduction of swelling and promotion of healing is desired. Examples include:
- Skin wounds
- Lick granulomas
- Post-operative wounds and inflammation
- Anal sacculitis
- Otitis externa
It can also be useful to treat the following conditions. However, a referral to our rehabilitation veterinarian is required to treat these issues.
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Nervous system injury and neurologic conditions
What kind of LASER is used in your practice?
Most of the current research in Low-Level LASER has been done with Class IIIB lasers. At Full Circle Vet, we have two Class IIIB lasers from Spectra Vet LASERS. At our Valley location, we have a Chattanooga Class III LASER.
What can’t laser be used for?
It is not recommended in pregnant patients and those with active bleeding. It should also not be used over tumour sites and transdermal medications.
How do I book?
Ask your veterinarian to complete the online referral form and our receptionist will call to book you in.