VCA South Arundel Animal Hospital

85 West Central Avenue
Edgewater, MD 21037

(410)956-2932

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Laser Therapy


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What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy, or "photobiomodulation", is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy

During Laser Therapy, the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the release of nitric oxide that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

Laser Therapeutic Effects

During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

What to Expect

There is no patient sedation or restraint required, most pets do not require fur clipping and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.

Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments for the greatest benefit. For most conditions, a multi-treatment plan is recommended. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require two to eight 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. 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 visits)
  • Twice the second week (2 visits)
  • Once the third week (1 visit)
  • Maintenance treatments as needed

Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

Often the patient will exhibit renewed energy and freedom of movement. Consult your veterinarian before your pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to insure your pet does not aggravate the condition.

Class IV Laser Therapy Can Help With:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Tendinopathies
  • Edema and Congestion
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Post-Traumatic Injury
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Burns
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Rehabilitation
  • Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery