Is laser therapy new?
Not at all! Its positive health effects were first discovered 40 years ago, and have been proven scientifically thousands of times since. As technology has advanced, it’s become more affordable and prevalent in veterinary clinics, including our Vancouver vet hospital.
How long does the treatment take?
A typical laser therapy session at our Vancouver clinic takes between 10-30 minutes. For patients with more serious wounds or chronic pain, we will schedule multiple sessions over time. In addition, we schedule laser therapy along with other treatment options to treat pain or accelerate healing.
What can be treated with laser therapy?
Some common maladies treated by laser therapy include inflammation, pain, or deeper wounds. We had a patient who was hit by a truck and sustained serious wounds. After a night at the emergency clinic, we prescribed him a series of cold laser treatments and the improvements each week were astronomical. In addition, the service treats most injuries and joint pain, as a facilitator in the healing process.
Litecure does an excellent job of breaking down the science of what’s going on below:
“The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.
The system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.”
Here’s a video of laser therapy in action!
If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.