Pet Cold Laser Therapy
K-LASER therapy does not treat conditions; rather it stimulates the body’s inherent healing mechanisms via a process called photobiomodulation. Through a combination of different wavelengths, power and frequency of laser light K-LASER is able to achieve improved healing times, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser therapy has been utilized in human and animal medicine for many decades, however recent technical advances in laser miniaturisation has allowed laser therapy to be used for a wider range of patients.
At Metro Paws Animal Hospital - Oak Cliff, we have seen first-hand the many benefits that laser therapy provides our patients. In fact, we believe in it so much, that laser therapy is now part of our post-surgery healing and pain management protocols.
In addition, we are able to treat many acute and chronic conditions to help speed healing and keep your pet comfortable, giving your pet a better quality of life.
What Can Laser Therapy Help Treat?
Class IV laser therapy can help treat a wide range of conditions effectively and without pain:
- Joint pain and osteoarthritis
- Edema and congestion
- Chronic pain and lameness
- Fractures, sprains, and strains
- Neck and back pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Infected, puncture, and chronic wounds
- Recovery from surgery
Pet Owner FAQ’s
Here is a list of the most common questions asked by pet owners about class IV laser therapy.
What does class IV laser therapy mean?
Class IV is the rating of the laser device used to deliver the treatment. All K-LASER CUBE devices are class IV, this is the most powerful class of laser for therapeutic use. More power means higher doses of light energy can be delivered more quickly.
Will it hurt my Pet?
Most patients sense a mild, soothing warmth over the treated area. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly after treatment before improvement is experienced.
How long will a treatment session take?
It depends upon the size of the area being treated and the specific condition but typically sessions are 8 minutes in length or less. If your pet has multiple conditions your session may need to be longer.
How many sessions will my pet need?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Often chronic conditions may require an initial set of 5 to 8 treatments with booster sessions as required to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
Often improvement can be seen after the first visit, however Class IV laser therapy treatment is cumulative in nature so for most conditions patients will require several repeat treatments for greatest benefit.
Can Laser Therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
With your veterinarians approval laser therapy can be used in combination with other forms of therapy, surgery, prescription drugs or dietary supplements.
Has Laser Therapy been scientifically demonstrated to be effective?
Hundreds of published clinical papers have demonstrated the effectiveness of laser therapy. Laser Therapy is one of the fastest growing therapeutic treatments for both humans and animals for a wide range of conditions.
Patient Information Source: https://www.klaser.co.uk/KLaser-information-for-pet-owners.aspx?clientId=20180
What to expect
Normally, patient sedation/restraint is not required during treatment. Most pets find the experience pleasant. Treatment times will vary in length depending upon the condition and the size of your pet, but the majority are of treatments last less than eight minutes.
Often improvement can be seen just after the first visit, however, laser treatment is cumulative in nature so for most conditions patients will require several repeat treatments for maximum benefit.
The schedule of treatments will vary depending upon the condition but this is an example plan often used:
- Three treatments in the first week
- Two in the second week
- One in the third week
- Monthly booster sessions as needed
Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.