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Uxbridge & Thicketwood Veterinary Hospitals

Laser Therapy

What is Laser therapy?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that works in harmony with the body’s natural healing and pain mechanisms related to a variety of conditions and injuries. Laser therapy supports the healing process by stimulating the affected (injured) area with infrared laser light. The body’s biomechanical response to the Laser treatment provides the injured site with increased water, oxygen and nutrients that accelerate the healing process, reduce inflammation and reduce pain.

Why your Pet may need Laser therapy:

Your Pet may benefit from Laser therapy exclusively or if they are unable to participate in a full rehabilitation program due to other medical conditions and limiting factors. The Therapist may recommend Laser therapy as a standalone option, or in concert with other treatments as directed by your Veterinarian.

Laser therapy has proven to be effective for Pets with these issues and more:

Osteoarthitis

Wounds and incisions

Ear infections

Skin rash

Oral and Gum inflammation

Urinary track infections

Biological responses include:

Accelerate tissue repair and cell growth

Reduced fibrous (scar) tissue formation

Anti-inflammatory, lymphatic system activation

Analgesic (anti-pain)

Improved vascular activity

Increased metabolic activity

Improved nerve function

Immunoregulation

Trigger points

What to expect:

A Laser therapy session is normally pleasant and comforting for the Pet. Treatment times range from 2-8 minutes. Improvement, greater comfort and mobility is most often seen 12-24 hours after the first treatment. Pets normally require 3-8 treatments for the greatest benefit.

FAQs:

Does it hurt? What does it feel like?

There is little or no sensation during the Laser treatment. Occasionally the Pet feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Injured or inflamed areas on the body may be sensitive briefly before any pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

Laser therapy has been provided in healthcare all over world for over twenty years with very few side effects reported. Occasionally some “old injuries” or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a day or two as the healing response is more active after laser treatment.

Is a Veterinarian’s referral required?

YES. All new Pets require referral by their Veterinarian. Before we can begin a Laser therapy program we’ll need the Veterinarian to provide medical history and a diagnosis. Link to Veterinary Referral doc