Laser Therapy for Pets
What can the application of laser therapy do for my pet?
Laser therapy provides a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which can be utilized for a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, dermatological problems, and pain.
Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, or simply aging, your companion will benefit from this revolutionary new approach to veterinary medicine.
Laser therapy is the only course of treatment that actually stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in increased circulation from the body, an anti-inflammatory reaction, relief from pain and an acceleration of the healing process. We can help restore your pet’s mobility and improve the quality of his or her life. For more information see Cutting Edge Laser Technologies
Laser Therapy requires a minimum of six treatments. Some pets respond after one or two treatments. However, to achieve maximal positive results it may take approximately 4-6 weekly treatments. Each laser treatment builds on the last and there is a cumulative effect where a series of treatments maybe necessary. After a maximum response is achieved laser treatments are tapered to a maintenance schedule depending on the individual pets needs. For more chronic conditions your pet may need maintenance laser therapy treatments. In the beginning, one treatment a week usually is the norm. Approximate cost per session starts at $45 and may vary depending on each individual patients current medical condition.
Each treatment may be 3 to 15 minutes long depending on each individual patient.
Cold laser may be combined with other therapies such as acupuncture, VOM (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation similar to a chiropractic adjustment), medications, herbals, or injections to give longer effects and stronger results from the treatment. A separate fee will be applied to each individual therapy. Therapies vary with each individual needs.
Because laser and other non traditional therapies may take up to one hour your pet will to be need in a calm, quiet, and relaxing setting. Children are always welcome but must be very quiet during your pets treatment.
Dr. Jyl talks with FOX40 about Laser Therapy
What can I expect during a Laser Therapy treatment session for my pet?
Simply put, it provides relief for your best friend!
As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the almost immediate relief of pain. Your pet will be comfortable and any anxiety initially experienced will dissipate. Angry feline companions usually start to purr and most of our canine companions will actually fall asleep during their session. Frequently after therapy sessions, we hear a lot of “Our young animal is back!” or “She acts like a puppy again!”
Pain relief is felt in just a few minutes of therapy which can immediately improve the quality of life for your best friends.
Practical Applications for Laser Therapy
Veterinary laser therapy can be used to stimulate and improve the healing of open wounds, ulcers as well as injuries to soft tissues like ligaments, tendons, muscles and the periosteum. It is often used to help treat back problems and back injuries, in conjunction with chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture.
Indications: back injury, ligament injury, tendon injury, muscle injury, joint injury, arthritis, disc disease, paralysis, wounds, non-healing wounds, ulcers, lick granuloma, as part of a coordinated integrative treatment program.
The ideal wavelength varies according to the tissue, the region of the body and even between different patients.
The frequency, or “pulse” which is applied must also be suited to the patient and to the treatment context. We use energy-testing to ascertain the optimum frequency and wavelength for each patient. LASER may also be used to stimulate acupuncture points (Acupuncture-by-LASER). The same frequency and wavelength principles apply.
Dr. Jyl Rubin DVM (916) 989-0738