K Laser Therapy
Why might my pet need Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy has been proven to be highly effective in reducing pain and swelling, as well as improving healing time and increasing circulation.
Your pet may have been recommended for Laser Therapy to help manage:
- Oedema and Congestion
- Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Neck and Back Pain
- Wound Management
- Post Surgical Pain and Healing
- Post Orthopaedic Surgical Recovery
- Dermatological Conditions/ Hotspots
- Dental Conditions
- Post Trauma
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment using specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.
Laser therapy has been widely utilised in the human field by physiotherapists, doctors and nurses as far back as the 1970s.
We were so impressed with the results of our trials that we have now made it available for your pets.
How does it work?
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.
The infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Will it hurt my pet?
There is no unpleasant sensation during treatment and the area being treated will feel a little warm. Occasionally your pet may feel a little sleepy.
What if my pet is on medication?
Laser therapy is a safe procedure which may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and other therapies.
Laser therapy may help to minimise the requirement for other medications. This can be especially useful if medications are producing undesirable side effects.
How long will it take?
Each session will, typically, last between 15-30 minutes, depending on the size and depth of the area being treated.
Improvement may be seen after the first visit. For most conditions, particularly those involving musculoskeletal areas, we recommend our 7 session treatment plan.
Post Op Treatment
We offer our post dental and neuter patients 3 sessions of laser therapy and 7 sessions for our orthopaedic patients.
How is this beneficial for my pet?
The laser delivers specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce therapeutic effects to the area surrounding the wound. The laser can increase circulation to the area, decrease swelling, reduce pain, accelerate tissue repair which will help the healing process the laser will also help reduce the formation of scar tissue.
When will my pets treatment take place?
The laser treatment will be carried out immediately after your pet’s surgery and a second and third session at your post op checks. The post op check session will take around 5-10 minutes depending on the area we are treating.
Post Op treatment for dental conditions
Laser therapy also has the same benefits for dental conditions such as Periodontitis, Gingivitis, Stomatitis and aid recovery post- extractions.
This type of treatment has been used for many years in the human world with great results, so we are very excited that we can now offer this form of care to your pets.
How much will it cost?
At Garston Vets an initial course of 7 treatments over 2-3 weeks is recommended. Costs vary according to treatment regime but as a guide:
1-4 areas per session
5+ areas per session
1-4 area course of 7 treatments
5+ area course of 7 treatments
Remember: There is no sedation or restraint required for laser therapy. It is totally non-invasive and, in a lot of cases, pets enjoy the treatment as it provides a warm, soothing effect.
Laser Therapy Treatment sessions are held at our Warminster and Trowbridge surgeries.
We are happy to treat patients that are not registered with us but have consent from their own veterinary practice.
“ Thanks to regular laser sessions, Paisley has gone from hobbling on a 15 minute walk to enjoying a 2 hour walk off the lead” Warminster laser client