Laser therapy--is it for you and your pet?

Our last blog entry about pain in pets was the first of the month of November, during which we celebrate our senior friends. We wanted to follow with our thoughts on the use of laser therapy to help some painful pets, including those senior pets with chronic joint issues such as arthritis. We are very proud to be able to offer this non-invasive treatment which may improve the quality of life for many patients.

Laser therapy uses cutting-edge technology to treat a variety of ailments including arthritis, skin conditions, wounds, gingivitis (gum disease), hip dysplasia and degenerative joint disease.  At Eglinton Vet our laser therapy is done using a class IV laser which, when applied over the course of several applications, penetrates the affected tissue and provides a number of benefits such as increased circulation, faster healing and pain relief. More information can be found here.

As a pet owner, what might you expect from a laser therapy treatment session?

  • There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to the pet.
  • In most cases the owner will act as an assistant to the technician who is doing the laser treatment.
  • The typical treatment time with our laser is 2 to 15 minutes depending on the medical issue, size of the area and type of joint being treated.
  • There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly following the first few sessions, as the area of treatment begins the process of healing.
  • Although improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. Therefore, for most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. For example, an arthritic dog may visit us twice per week for three weeks in a row, and then progress to a repeat visit every two to four weeks once results are obtained. Our veterinarians will tailor a treatment plan to each patient.

People choose to seek alternative treatments for their pets for a variety of reasons.  Laser therapy is particularly attractive because it is drug-free, safe and painless and in most cases offers significant results.  We are proud to offer this treatment option as we feel that it complements the high standard of care we already provide, offering an additional means to keep our patients healthy and happy.

Who are some of our recent laser ‘stars’:

  • Marlee:  walking better after an acute injury to the ligaments in his stifle (knee).
  • George:  a very senior dog with arthritis in multiple joints, especially the elbow. He is now running up hills on his walks!
  • Pagan: a twenty-year old cat whose mobility has improved notably following multiple visits.

We have lots of fun, furry stories that we could tell… please call us if you think that your pet might benefit from laser therapy!