Laser therapy uses light to favour and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy penetrates the tissue, where it interacts with various molecules that cause different biological effects including increasing the healing process. We use the therapeutic laser on all of our surgical procedures except for mass removals, this machine is also used for chronic and acute pain, reoccurring cystitis and wound healing.
What is a therapeutic laser and what are its benefits?
Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light. Laser light is a very special kind of light. Unlike most light sources, it is tuned to very specific wavelengths. Our veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians have been trained in order to safely use the therapeutic laser and to provide the most effective treatments.
Laser therapy has shown great success and benefits when treating some of the following conditions: osteoarthritis, back pain/injury, hip or elbow dysplasia, post-operative wound healing, trauma or injury (e.g. sprains/strains, cruciate ligament tears), reoccurring cystitis.
Are lasers dangerous for dogs and are there any side effects?
Laser therapy is not recommended to use on patients diagnosed with cancer but otherwise, it is a very safe tool that can be used on cats and dogs. Possible side effects will be discussed with you by your veterinarian prior to starting laser therapy with your pet, even though very minimal side effects are seen.
“Kona has been receiving laser therapy for almost five years now. At 4.5 years of age, she had a sudden onset of lameness, pain and severe swelling in her elbow extending down her leg. After some investigation, the vet diagnosed her with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and degenerative joint disorder. Laser therapy was recommended as part of her treatment plan to help with the pain, swelling and mobility issues.
The results were immediately noticeable with a decrease in Kona’s pain and swelling as well as an increase in her mobility and range of motion. Kona was happier, more playful and back to her normal, quirky self! We have continued with monthly treatments as they keep her comfortable and as active as she can be.
Kona enjoys going for her treatments, and the RVT’s are great with her. I highly recommend laser therapy as it has greatly improved Kona’s quality of life!” – Dana
Watch the video below to see Kona’s experience during her laser therapy treatment.