We are now able to offer Laser Therapy to our patients for the treatment of a range of conditions. We use it most commonly for the treatment of arthritis, but it can also be used for may other things. Laser Therapy has pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, and healing actions. We also use it to help with wound healing, or for the treatment of any inflammatory condition such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).
Laser treatments are usually carried out by our nurses and sessions generally last for about 20-30 minutes. The pets usually love their laser sessions, and even the nervous ones trot in and sit down quite happily after a couple of sessions. For arthritis and pain releif laser is an ongoing treatment, usually every 2-4 weeks. For other cases it may be used as a one off treatment or a short course.
Laser works by giving extra energy to the cells, to help them work better. This allows the cells to heal faster, or produce more beneficial products. Laser also has a warming action, this is both comforting and pain reliving for the patient.
Laser Therapy is gentle and non-invasive. It is not scary or uncomfortable for your pet at all. In fact if they are very nervous or sensitive, we can do it without even touching them. The treatment involves moving the laser beam over the area that needs treating for a few minutes. This works best if the head of the machine can be in contact with the patient, but it is not essential. If they don't want to be touched, or if we are treating something like a wound, the machine is held slightly away from the skin.
Our vets and nurses will suggest laser treatments if they think they may be beneficially for your pet, but if you would like to know more please ask us. If you think laser may be helpful for your pet please speak to one of our vets or nurses who can discuss your pets needs. If your pet has not been seen for a while, you will need an appointment with one of the vets before starting the laser treatment, to make sure everything is ok to go ahead.