Jun 30 2015

Laser therapy in Dogs and Cats

What is the Companion Therapy Laser?

The laser is a therapeutic option for treating many different conditions in your pet, without potential side effects of some medications.  If your pet responds well to the treatments, some medications, including pain medications may no longer be needed, further reducing the chance of side effects.

How does it work?

The Companion Therapy Laser uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it.  The laser light is delivered through a small, rounded hand piece to treat the affected area.  Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth during their treatment.  Most treatments are completed in only a matter of minutes.  Both your pet and the technician will wear protective eyewear throughout the treatment to eliminate the risk of laser damage to the eyes.

What conditions can be treated with the Companion laser?

The laser is most commonly used for relief of the pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic conditions, like osteoarthritis.  But it can also be used to treat other conditions, such as ear infections, wounds, lick granulomas, gingivitis and many more.  Schedule a consultation today to see if your pet is a good candidate for the Companion Therapy Laser.

How much does it cost?

In the initial period, the treatments are more costly, because they are done more frequently at the beginning.  The typical treatment protocol starts with every other day treatments for the first 2 weeks, followed by twice per week for the next two weeks, then weekly treatments are weaned back to the least frequent effective dose.  Some pets routinely come in for laser once per week, others come in on an as-needed basis.  As you assess your pet’s response to the treatments, you will be able to tell how frequently it is needed.

What may prevent my dog from having a laser treatment?

Any metal implants (like bone pins or bone plates) prevent us from being able to use the laser over these areas.  The metal may heat up too quickly and cause tissue damage in these areas.  Also, if you dog is soaking wet, like after a bath, we need to wait until they are completely dry before having a laser treatment.

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