Is laser therapy new?
In Humans the beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then laser,has been used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing. In the trail we conducted, it was mainly animals with pain although it was use on wounds and a cat with dental problems. All showed positive outcomes.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. We recommend an initial course of 6 sessions before making a decision on whether or not it helps. You can space the appointment out over either two or three week, and then progress to fortnightly. The actual session lasts approximately twenty minutes.
What’s involved with treating my pet
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece (as shown in the picture on the right) to treat the affected. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will usually go.
How does it work?
The laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals. There are no known side effects to this treatment.
What to expect during a Laser Therapy treatment session for your pet?
The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.
How to follow up treatment and what to expect at home?
You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation. For the majority of our clients that took part in the trail more play and social interaction was noticed with many pets doing things they hadn’t done for a while.
There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, we have pain score charts and would maybe recommend keeping a diary.
Who will do my laser therapy?
As a practice we are all very excited about offering laser and have seen the benefits even after a couple of sessions. Most of our vets and nurses are fully trained in carrying out the treatment. The plan would be whoever does your treatment will be the primary person to continue your sessions so you are able to have continuity. Longer term with the nurses taking the sessions it will free up availability and therefore hopefully make it more convenient with more appointments being offered. If your pet is in for surgery such as a lump removal they will also have the option of laser therapy to improve wound healing.
What is the cost?
The cost is going to be £25 per twenty minute session. If you book the 6 sessions in one go, you get it on buy 5 get the 6th free. We are so confident in this product that we are offering clients the chance to try it first to see the difference it can make. We have spoken to several of the larger insurance companies and the laser therapy will be covered by insurance.
What do I need to do now?
If you are interested then please contact the surgery on 01492 878581. If you have further questions then we can discuss them or if you would like to go ahead and book a trial of 6 sessions we can do that for you. We strongly recommend a block of 6 sessions and although we would hope you would see an improvement after one or two sessions 6 will really give you the full benefit.