Laser Therapy for the treatment of pain in Pets

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Laser therapy provides a non-invasive and drug-free option for treating a variety of painful and inflammatory conditions and can be performed with existing treatment protocols. Relief from pain and inflammation are often noticed within hours of a laser therapy session depending on the condition being treated and your pet’s individual health status. Whether your pet is recovering from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, he or she can benefit from this treatment option. At Royal York, we use the leading-edge Companion Therapy Laser – a class IV (deep penetrating) laser designed for veterinary use.

dog diagramWhen is laser therapy recommended?

Any painful or inflammatory condition can benefit from laser therapy. It’s commonly used for following issues:

  • Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and hip dysplasia
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains)
  • Post-surgical pain (spays, neuters, declaws, other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
  • Dental issues/post-dental, procedures (gingivitis, stomatitis)
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abscesses, abrasions, burns)
  • Ear infections

Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Signs that your pet may have pain or discomfort that could benefit from laser therapy include:

  • Untitled4Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
  • Lack of grooming
  • Won’t wag tail
  • Licking or biting a body area
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trembling

How does laser therapy work?

Simply put, laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. We use a laser probe to send a concentrated beam of light through the skin’s surface to trigger a variety of cellular reactions (a process called photostimulation). Here’s what that does:

  • Untitled3releases natural pain killers
  • produces energy needed for cells to function properly
  • activates cells that clean up damage from inflammation
  • suppresses processes that cause damage
  • activates processes that accelerate tissue repair and cell growth
  • increases circulation (and therefore oxygen and nutrient delivery)

Our Class IV Companion Therapy Laser penetrates deep into tissue for optimal results.

How will my pet react to treatment?

Laser therapy provides some immediate relief from pain and inflammation. So as it’s administered, your pet will invariably relax and enjoy the treatment. Any anxiety that he or she may experience initially typically disappears quickly. In fact, we often find that stressed cats start to purr, and dogs fall asleep during their therapy session. What’s more, they don’t seem to mind wearing their safety doggles! (Laser therapy is very safe, but appropriate eye protection must be worn during a session.) After therapy, we often hear owners report, “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can jump onto a chair like she used to.”

How many treatments will my pet need?

Untitled1Single sessions can be helpful, but the effects of laser therapy are cumulative. Each treatment builds on the results of the previous one, and animals with chronic or severe conditions typically need a series of treatments. Your veterinarian may recommend a treatment for three consecutive days to start (to effectively jump start those healing processes we’re trying to stimulate), then treatments as needed until therapeutic goals are reached.

How much does laser therapy cost?

Some conditions take more time to treat than others. Your veterinarian will determine what’s appropriate for your pet. You can buy single sessions or save on packages of three or six. The cost reflects the time it takes to input the appropriate protocol, administer therapy, and evaluate progress. But the resulting improvement in comfort and quality Untitled2of life? Well, that’s priceless.

  Up to 10 mins. Up to 30 mins.
1 session $35  $50
3 sessions  $95   N/A
6 sessions  $175  $250

Note: These prices are subject to change and taxes are not included. If you have pet insurance, check to see if it
covers part of the cost of treatments.

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