Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is “Regenerative Medicine”

What does Laser Therapy do?

  • REDUCES PAIN
  • REDUCES INFLAMMATION
  • ACCELERATES HEALING

Our overall goal with this therapy is to improve your animals’ quality of life and reduce the amount of medication that your animal is taking.

How does it do this?

  • Pain perception is reduced through its effect on nerve cells and pain receptors (nociceptors). It actually increases the nerve stimulation threshold thus reducing the neuronal impulses and it increases the release of tissue endorphins.
  • It reduces inflammation by decreasing the release of prostaglandins and inflammatory mediators, by increasing macrophage activity and leukocytic phagocytosis and by reducing edema through the dilation of lymph vessels
  • It accelerates healing by increasing the blood flow through vasodilation, by increased angiogenesis and capillary production, by increasing the release of cytokines, by stimulation of fibroblast and collagen production.

What type of Laser Unit does Village Vet use?

We use the powerful Class IV laser in the hands of a Veterinarian. The advantage of the Class IV is deeper penetration into the affected area and faster treatment times. Dr. Maks is fully certified in Laser Therapy and has a special interest in this field.

Some of the types of conditions that could benefit from Laser Therapy:

  • Musculoskeletal pain, swelling, inflammation
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Skin infections (Ear Infections, Lick Granulomas, Abrasions, Pododermatitis, Chronic Demodex and Wounds to name a few)
  • Tendon injuries (check ligament, suspensory strains) T
  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • Fracture healing (stress fractures and post repair improved healing times)
  • Elbow Hygromas
  • Feline Pancreatitis & IBD
  • Feline Asthma
  • Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex

There is much evidence based research on the usefulness of laser therapy. For literature from all over the world go to the search portal www.pubmed.gov and search for laser therapy to see the multitude of ways that laser therapy is being studied and used.

What does it typically cost?

Response to treatment varies. We have had dramatic results after two treatments and for others it has taken more to move out of the Induction Phase of treatment. Costs are follows:

Small Animal:

  • $75 for as many sites (eg. left hip + right hip)  as required
  • $65 for the house call fee which we will happily split between multiple animals at one location

Large Animal:

  • $125 for as many sites as required
  • $65 for the house call fee which we will happily split between multiple animals at one location

Expectations of Class IV Laser Therapy Treatments

Most chronic conditions require up to 4 or 5 treatments in order to see at least a 50% improvement in mobility and pain reduction.

Some pets do respond positively to one treatment, but most DO NOT.

The treated site feels better 12 to 24 hours after treatment.

As with any therapy, the patient should be kept quiet until treatments are complete.

Non-Surgical treatments should be done every other day for one week, then twice the following week, then once the following week, with maintenance treatments every 2 to 3 weeks.

Surgical treatments should be done immediately after surgery, then at 24 hours and 48 hours after surgery.  Then treat the site every other day for the 2-week period after the surgery. (7-8 total treatments)

Definite improvements should be seen in the second week of treatments.

Treatments are cumulative in nature.

The length of treatments and frequency of treatments improve outcomes.

Some patients develop a habit of altering their movement to keep from feeling pain.  If you do not see an immediate change, they may be pain-free but need some time to re-adjust their movements.

Treatment Success Stories

GALAHAD’S EAR

HORSE’S LEG SWELLING

BEXLEY’S EAR

We will do laser work on any species of animal to help improve their quality of life. Dog, Cat, Horse, Goat, Eagle, Seal…. We welcome the opportunity to help ease their pain.