What is Laser Therapy and how does it work?
Laser is a non-invasive, non-painful, non-pharmaceutical treatment option. Also known as a ‘cold’ laser, therapeutic lasers emit specific wavelengths and frequencies of light to target a variety of tissues. This has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling, as well as improve circulation and speed healing.
Depending on the type and severity of your pet’s condition, it can be used on its own or alongside a wide variety of other treatments. It is a great option for pets who
- Just starting to develop symptoms of arthritis
- Are still showing signs of discomfort despite receiving pain medication
- Experience significant side effects from pain medication
- Have limited medication options due to other health conditions (e.g. kidney or liver disease, recent gastrointestinal surgery)
How long does it take and when can I expect to see results?
This depends on your pet’s condition. Sessions can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes, depending on the temperament of your pet and the size of the area that needs to be treated.
The number and frequency of sessions will also vary. For example, for treatment of wounds or acute injuries, sessions may initially be recommended as often as every day. For major flare-ups or first-time treatment of arthritis, we offer an induction package of twice weekly sessions for 5 weeks. This can then be followed up with our maintenance package of 4 weekly sessions on an as needed basis.
Most patients experience improvement within the first 2-3 sessions, but for more severe or long-standing problems it can take a little bit longer. It can take a couple of weeks to see maximum results. Patients with chronic issues like arthritis may benefit from ongoing treatment.