Laser Therapy for pets in Somerset & Wiltshire
Laser Therapy has been proven to be highly effective in reducing pain and swelling, as well as improving healing time and increasing circulation to an area. Read our clients’ frequently asked questions below to learn about the K-laser therapy we offer at Garston Vets in Warminster and Trowbridge.
Why we use laser therapy at Garston Vets
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 used 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 made it available for your pets.
Some of the conditions we treat with laser therapy:
- Ligament Injuries & Muscle Sprains
- Neck & Back Pain
- Burns & Wound Management
- Post Surgical Pain and Healing
- Post Orthopaedic Surgical Recovery
- Dermatological Conditions/Hotspots
- Dental Conditions
- Post Trauma
Laser Therapy FAQs
How does laser therapy 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 laser therapy 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 that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and other therapies. In some cases, laser therapy can help to minimise the requirement for other medications. This can be especially useful if medications are producing undesirable side effects.
How long will laser therapy take?
Each session with our fully trained team 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, however, for most conditions, particularly those involving musculoskeletal areas, we recommend our 7-session treatment plan.
How is laser therapy 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, and the laser will also help reduce the formation of scar tissue.
When will my pet’s 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 checkup session will take around 5-10 minutes depending on the area we are treating.
Can laser treatment help dental conditions?
Laser therapy also has excellent benefits for dental conditions such as periodontitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, and can aid recovery following surgical extractions. This type of treatment has been used for many years in the human world with great results, so we are excited to offer this form of care to your pets.
How much does k-laser therapy cost?
At Garston Vets in Warminster and Trowbridge, an initial course of 7 treatments over 2-3 weeks is recommended. Costs vary according to the treatment regime but below is a guide:
- 1-4 areas per session – £30
- 5+ areas per session – £50
- 1-4 area course of 7 treatments – £160
- 5+ area course of 7 treatments – £280
Remember, laser therapy is a totally non-invasive treatment so there is no sedation or restraint required. In a lot of cases, pets enjoy the warm, soothing effects of the treatment and some even fall asleep.
Where can I book laser therapy for my pet?
K-Laser Therapy Treatment sessions are held at Garston Vets in Warminster and our Trowbridge surgery. We are happy to treat patients who 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” – a very content Warminster laser client.