Lakeside Animal Hospital is very proud to offer Class IV high intensity laser therapy
This laser allows us to provide therapy to deep tissues around the hips, shoulders and spine in much less time. No matter what size dog or cat you have, laser therapy can be part of the solution to help ease your pet's pain. Safe and effective, this powerful modality provides increased mobility, increased wound healing, bactericidal activity, blood circulation and post surgery rehabilitation.
What is laser therapy?
Deep-penetrating photons from the laser influence cell chemistry in a variety of beneficial ways. Treatment time, power and laser pulse frequency are based on your pet's individual condition and body size.
What conditions can be treated?
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Bone fractures (speeds fracture repair)
- Sprains and strains
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Neuromuscular disease
- Acute and Chronic Ear Infections
- Hot Spots
- Lick Granulomas
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Anal Gland Infections
What to expect...
No sedation is required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to the animal. Pets do not need to have their hair clipped either.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. Therefore each additional treatment continues to improve your pet's condition. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows
- Every other day for one week (3 total)
- Twice the second week (2 total)
- Once the third week (1 total)
- Boosters as needed
We will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet's condition after a consultation and physical examination. The cost of most treatments is $30 to $60 each, with discounted package deals.
Where is it beneficial?
Clinical studies and trials of laser therapy technology indicate the following beneficial effects of laser light therapy on tissues and cells:
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development [fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing] in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open.