Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, also may be referred to as Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser or Class IV Laser Therapy.  Each of these terms refers to the same therapy, using the same equipment to stimulates cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.  Laser Therapy does 3 main things: reduces pain, reduces inflammation, and speeds healing time.  We have had laser therapy at the VVC for many years and our patients have greatly benefitted.  We use laser therapy on a daily basis with our physical therapy and acupuncture patients and we have also implemented it into our surgical protocols.  All patients receive post-surgical treatments to help with their recovery time.

Laser can be used on acute conditions such as: wounds, allergies, infections, cuts/bites, inflammation, tooth extractions, sprains/strains/fractures, post-surgical healing.  Can also be utilized for chronic conditions: degenerative joint disease, inflammatory bowel disease, periodontal disease, lick granulomas, geriatric care, hip dysplasia, feline acne, tendonitis, arthritis, otitis.  These conditions are all to just name a few, there are many other uses for the laser.

How does it work?

Therapeutic laser sends photons (which is physics talk for little particles of light) deep into your pet’s tissue without damaging it.  That is all part of that red laser light you see in the featured videos! These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria (this is a part of the cell that biologists refer to as the “powerhouse of the cell”), it is the main source of producing energy in the cells of the body (this is something all humans and animals have).  After the cells get stimulated by the light they start to produce energy, and a chemical change occurs which is called “photo-bio-modulation”.  This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.  The light energy then causes production of ATP in the cell, which is a specific and very important life sustaining energy.  ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation.  Impaired or injured cells do not make ATP, which can lead to improper healing, slow healing or even worse no healing at all!  Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue and healthier pets!  Injuries or disease (acute or chronic) cause damage to the cells, tissues, muscles, or other affected parts of the body.  This damage needs to be worked on by starting from the basics of the cell to the big muscles, skin, wounds, etc!

Laser therapies vary in time depending on the area of concern.  But we make the experience worth while!  Everyone is on a nice cushy mat, with lots of comforters.  We are in a quiet room (and don’t tell anyone, but treats are constant!).  Not to mention everyone is in the cool glasses and doggles (see photos below).  The laser light is delivered though a noninvasive handpiece.  Your pet may feel some soothing warmth in the area, and depending on the procedure the handpiece may not even touch your pet (if we do need to use the handpiece on your pet, it is a soothing, smooth ball.  It will feel like a massage to your pet!).  Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your dog’s condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 10 minutes. Most laser treatments are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your dog or cat’s condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow your veterinarian to help devise a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your four legged friend.

This can work on its own or in conjunction with other modalities (physical therapy, acupuncture for example) and medications.  It is all about finding what is going to work best for your pet.

Fun Fact: Teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, Olympic and collegiate teams all use this exact laser as part of their therapy!  The Buffalo Sabres, Los Angles Lakes, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays all own and use this exact laser!

Laser can be used on the following conditions in dogs (but not limited to!):

  • Acute & chronic otitis (ear infections)
  • Gingivitis
  • Dental Disease
  • Hot spots
  • Skin infections
  • Arthritis
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Broken Bones
  • Post surgical incisions or post surgical healing
  • Degenerative disc disease (back injuries)
  • Anal glands
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia

Laser can be used on the following conditions in cats (but not limited to!):

  • Acute & chronic otitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Dental Disease
  • Skin infections
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Broken Bones
  • Post surgical incisions or post surgical healing
  • Anal glands
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomatitis
  • Cystitis

Video Clip of Laser Therapy at the VVC- Click Here!

Maximillan Laser Therapy Video Clip- Click Here!    (Max is sleeping the entire video, he loves his laser treatments!)

Stevie laser therapy

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