Therapeutic Laser

Technician with dog

As part of your pet’s rehabilitation, the doctor has recommended laser therapy. You may or may not be familiar with this healing modality, so this sheet is intended to answer the most common questions about laser therapy.

What is laser therapy? Does it hurt?

Laser therapy is healing using light. Laser stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. It is the stimulation of tissues with low energy laser to achieve a therapeutic effect. It is painless. Sometimes the pet may feel a warm feel ing but otherwise he usually feels nothing.

Is this the same as a surgical laser?

No, we use a therapy laser with a specific wavelength for healing and pain relief. No skin is burned or cut by this laser. Eye protection however must be worn in case of scattering of the laser beam.

How does laser work?

At a cellular level, laser works to increase the energy of the cell, improve oxidation to the cell, increase circulation, release growth factors, and stimulate stem cells in the area. In the tissue laser decreases swelling, improves blood and lymph flow and stimulates wound h ealing. It causes a reduction in pain by releasing endorphins (the body’s own feel good hormones).

What conditions can be treated?

Painful conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Degenerative Joint Disease, ligament and tendon strains and tears, acute and chronic ear problems, and Intervertebral Disc disease. Skin conditions such as Lick Granulomas, hot spots, anal gland ruptures and clean or contaminated wounds can be treated. It may also be used to stimulate acupuncture points.

How many treatments are needed?

This depends on the condition being treated and if it is an acute or chronic problem. Your doctor will give you guidelines o n the length of time treatment should continue.