We are very excited to be able to offer your pet this innovative new pet laser therapy technology as part of their treatment options!
How does Pet Laser Therapy work?
Laser Therapy is the application of red light and near infrared radiation over injuries or lesions without sensation or side effects. Bundles of light energy pass through the skin and are received within the injured body’s cells by special receptors; the overall effect is decreased pain and inflammation, increased blood flow and increased healing time and tissue regeneration. Many patients show almost immediate results.
What type of Laser Unit does Tsawwassen Animal Hospital use?
There are many types of Laser Therapy, divided into different classes, all of which use different amounts of wattage. Some classes of lasers can actually burn the skin if used improperly. At the Tsawwassen Animal Hospital, we use a Low Level Laser or Cold Laser which is a Class 3B. The class 3B that we have, utilizes a low level of wattage compared to other classes of Laser Therapy, and because of this, it can be used for long periods of time in one spot without causing thermal burns.
What type of conditions can be treated with Laser Therapy?
Pain and inflammation: This type of laser treatment is used for joint pain, muscle and tissue repair, on all areas of the body. Laser for pain improves the blood flow thus feeding tissues, increases endorphins and serotonin levels in the body and improves cartilage and joint repair as well as stimulates tissue regeneration that promotes healing.
Skin: Ultraviolet Laser (UV Laser for infections) enhances wound healing. We use ultraviolet laser for all skin conditions such as hotspots and infections, it has also been proven to kill certain bacteria and fungi.
What is involved in the Laser Therapy treatment process?
First, the doctor will perform a thorough physical examination on your pet, to assess the severity of the condition. The initial laser treatment will be performed after the doctor is finished her assessment. The Animal Health Technician will come into the exam room, set up the laser unit, and give you a pair of goggles to wear. Each session can take up to 7 minutes, depending on the severity, location of the condition, the size and species of the pet. The doctor will re-examine your pet once it has received all recommended treatments, and depending on the results may or may not recommend more maintenance sessions.
What are the costs of the Laser Therapy?
The cost is $50 per session or $250 for a bundle of 6 sessions, $450 for bundle of 12 sessions, and $14 for additional sites (this is when there is a secondary site/problem). The doctor will determine how many sessions will be needed to treat the specific condition. Initially for musculoskeletal conditions, a minimum of 6 treatments will be necessary and depending on the healing, additional “top-up” sessions may be needed.
**L.A.S.E.R. is an acronym for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Rays**
Pet Laser Therapy Testimonials
Hi! My name is Beatrice and I’m a 10-yr old Chow Chow.
I’m a big fan of laser therapy – as a treatment for my chronic hip/spine muscular-skeletal abnormalities and arthritis. It’s a big part of the integrative approach that TAH and my humans have found works best to keep me mobile, relatively pain-free and happy.
We started about 2.5 years ago; at first getting 2 or 3 treatments a week, then 2 /week, then 1/week … and then 1 every other week or so. That worked for a while, but as I got older, the severity of my problem increased. Now we find that weekly treatments work best.
I’m more eager to go for walks, I do the stairs much easier and take less time to recover if I’ve overdone my exercise. Plus, my <<…>> humans can tell I’m in less pain.
The treatment itself is very relaxing … and I always get biscuits. Improved quality of life and biscuits … sounds good to me!”
The laser therapy at Tsawwassen Animal Hospital that we had for our standard poodle Jackson worked so well for the treatment of his MRSI then when the hair grew back in the two spots that were raw it was actually much darker brown that his current hair colour, it was the colour of his hair when he was a puppy, so I believe the skin not only healed, it seems to have rejuvenated to how it was when he was much younger. The wounds also healed much faster with the laser therapy.
Jackson is now healthy and happy and no more Cone !!!
Thank you Tsawwassen Animal Hospital !