The real beauty of laser therapy is that it is completely safe and the process is typically very relaxing and enjoyable. It is one of the few veterinary therapies in which you can be an active participant in the process.
When you schedule your laser therapy, we will set aside a block of time with a trained veterinary assistant or technician. You and your pet will be brought into an exam room with comfortable low seating and a bed for your pet. You will be offered a refreshment and you will be greeted by soft, soothing music. The technician will verify the areas that we will be treating on your pet and will spend a few minutes setting up the laser. You (and your pet!) will both be given protective goggles (or doggles) to wear during the treatment to avoid any laser light exposure to the sensitive tissues of the eyes.
The treatment itself involves gently moving the laser probe over the affected area. There is usually a mild feeling of warmth during the treatment that most pets find very relaxing and helps to alleviate their initial anxiety. The treatment will last anywhere from 1-30 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated.Your pet will likely experience immediate pain relief, especially with musculoskeletal injuries or arthritis. We commonly see dogs that hobbled into the treatment room walk out without any lameness at all! Cats often begin to purr during the treatment and it’s not uncommon for dogs to fall asleep. Chronic conditions may require a few more treatments before improvements become apparent. It is not uncommon for us to hearowners say “he’s acting like a puppy again” or “she’s back to jumping on the counter for her evening meal!”
Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic is proud to introduce our newest service: therapeutic laser. Laser therapy is a non-invasive, non-painful, and drug-free option that is used to treat a huge variety of conditions. Most animals that undergo a laser treatment, experience some benefits even within hours – whether used alone or in conjunction with more traditional treatments.
Laser therapy works by flooding the affected tissue with invisible photons or light waves in a process called photobiomodulation (I know, it just rolls off the tongue!). The tissue respond to this energy by increasing the activity of the cells, increasing circulation and oxygen to the area, and stimulating cell movement and the development of new blood vessels. Laser also has a direct effect on pain sensors, reducing nerve “firing” and blocking some of the chemical pathways that lead to pain and inflammation. It’s pretty cool.
Here’s the great news – there are no known side effects to laser therapy!
Treatments are very soothing and relaxing, similar to sensation to a warm compressing and massage
Most animals (including cats) tolerate treatments extremely well
Reduced healing time
Most treatments are quick, requiring only 3-6 minutes
Totally non-invasive: no clipping or sedation needed
Owners are present for the treatments – it is fun and relaxing!
May decrease or even eliminate the need for other medications or treatments
We now incorporate post-operative laser treatments into all of our surgical and dental procedures to decrease pain
The beautiful thing is that we are discovering more and more applications for laser treatment everyday. Studies have shown great success treating the following conditions:
Chronic arthritis and joint or back pain
Chronic and acute ear infections
Gingivitis and stomatitis
Non-healing or slow-healing conditions like lick granulomas
Acute orthopedic and soft tissue injuries including fractures, sprains, and strains
Wounds and skin infections, including hot spots
Abdominal pain and upset stomach
Ear hematomas (aural hematomas)
Schedule your laser therapy consultation today – we offer discounts on multi-treament packages!