Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
How Does It Work?Laser therapy enhances the body’s ability to heal itself by stimulating the natural functions of converting oxygen in the blood into cellular energy. The laser delivers energy to an area of the body such as a hip or lower back. It then increases blood supply to the treated area. Blood transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells and takes away waste products like lactic acid and carbon dioxide. This provides a significant healing advantage without any pain and is typically a pleasant experience for your pet.
What Can It Treat?
- • ARTHRITIC JOINTS - Laser therapy can be used to treat any joint including hips, knees, shoulders, elbows and any part of the spine with great success. Conditions we see commonly in our patients such as hip dysplasia, knee injuries, elbow arthritis, lower back or neck disc diseases and shoulder problems can be easily and painlessly treated with therapeutic laser. Prior to treatment, a positive diagnosis will need to be made using radiographs (x-rays) to ensure the staff treats the correct area. Osteoarthritis laser treatment requires a minimum of 6 initial treatments in three weeks followed by a maintenance regimen. The time between maintenance treatments will depend on the rate of decline of the patient’s level of comfort and mobility.
- • ACUTE (SUDDEN) INJURIES - Laser therapy will speed the healing process of anything including a twisted ankle.
- • POST SURGICAL - Manchester West Veterinary Hospital will perform laser treatment on all post-surgical patients having even the most minor procedures. Laser therapy will speed the healing process of both the incision and the deeper tissue impacted by the surgery by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation. Faster healing means less chance the pet will lick or check at sutures and reduce the need for an Elizabethan (cone) collar! All pets having a spay, neuter, declaw, abdominal or orthopedic surgery will benefit from this additional healing treatment at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
- • POST DENTAL PROCEDURE - Laser therapy has been shown to decrease pain and discomfort after a tooth extraction or more invasive dental cleaning.
- • CHRONIC EAR PROBLEMS - Second only to our arthritis patients, this is the most exciting application for laser therapy! Ear problems are the number one condition that we see in our canine patients. When the condition becomes chronic, laser may be an option instead of surgery.
- • SKIN PROBLEMS - Certain skin problems that are localized to a few spots can be helped or even cured with laser therapy.
- • WOUND CARE - Bite wounds, cuts, hot spots, and burns can heal more quickly and with less risk of infection using laser therapy.
LogisticsOutpatient laser treatments will generally be conducted in an exam room by one of our veterinary technicians. The treatments last only minutes and are not painful or uncomfortable for your pet. You will be asked to stay with your pet to help hold or calm him/her while the treatment is administered. You will be required to wear protective glasses during the procedure so other family members will be asked to wait in the reception area.
For conditions other than arthritis and post-surgical/dental procedures, the frequency and number of required treatments will be customized by one of our veterinarians to ensure you pet receives the full benefit of laser therapy.
Laser Therapy – The Wave of the Future!