For those who view drugs and surgery as mainstay treatments, laser therapy may seem odd. Nothing is injected or swallowed, yet it is claimed that light can help heal tissues and injured nerves regrow. Light waves possess incredible power. Photosynthesis is a good example of how the energy in sunlight is converted. Laser light also has energy that can be used therapeutically. In recent years, use of laser therapy in both human and veterinary medicine has increased in the treatment of conditions that were once managed only with drugs and surgery. Laser therapy is much less invasive than traditional therapies. Lasers can also reduce or eliminate the need for drugs in certain cases. You may be wondering, “How does it work?”, “Is it worth the money?”, and “What situations can laser therapy be used in?” Well, keep reading and I will let you in on all of the details.
What in the heck is laser therapy anyway? Laser therapy is a surgery free, drug free, non-invasive treatment to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. Laser is actually an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Laser beams are different from other light sources in that they provide focused energy that produces small points of intense power. The light from a laser can cauterize (burn), cut and destroy tissue in a very precise manner. Used at lower power, lasers have the ability to alter the function of cells without heat and without destroying those cells. This can be used to treat a variety of conditions affecting the joints, nerves, bones, blood flow, and soft tissue in animals. The light of the laser is distributed through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, and the treatments usually take a matter of minutes.
How much is this treatment going to cost? Here at Elko Veterinary clinic, we have a few choices. The price will depend on whether or not it is to treat a chronic disease, post-surgery care, or for any acute conditions. Prices will range from $15-$180. You can buy a laser session individually each time you visit or you can purchase a 4 or 6 pack of treatments depending on the case. If you buy the single treatment, you may come in, get your pet’s laser session done, and then pay and leave. If you buy the multiple laser pack, you may come in, get the laser session done, and leave until your next appointment. At any time you may call in or come up to the counter and schedule your pet’s laser treatment session.
How do I know if laser therapy will help in my pet’s situation? Laser therapy can be administered to any animal from hamsters to cats, dogs to horses, it has even been used to treat reptiles (and fish!). Some acute situations we use laser therapy for include wounds, allergies, infections, bites/cuts, inflammation, sprains, fractures, post-surgical healing and pain relief. Laser is also phenomenal for more chronic conditions, such as, degenerative disc disease, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disease like- lick granulomas, anal gland abscesses, osteoarthritis, and geriatric care for our older patients. Here at Elko Veterinary Clinic we use laser therapy every day and see improved pain management and healing in our patients.
Laser treatment is an amazing therapy and we are fortunate to be able to help our patients with pain and improve wound healing. Everything we do to help our patients, in turn help improve our clients’ lives and relationship with their pets. We love nothing more than to help your pets feel better. Laser sessions are a noninvasive, drug free way to help with pain and inflammation. They are more affordable than most of the drugs and can be used to help with the same types of issues. Also laser therapy can be used to treat multiple species of animals. If you have any more questions about laser therapy, feel free to give us a call or schedule a consult with one of our doctors.