Milford Veterinary Hospital was the first in our area to offer Laser Photo therapy to our patients
Laser Phototherapy (LPT) provides a non-invasive, drug-free, painless way to treat pain and inflammation in our pets and help restore mobility and function.
How does it work?
Our therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of energy cells need for repair and rejuvenation. It also stimulates blood flow, decreases inflammation, increases endorphins, and inhibits pain pain signals.
What conditions can it treat?
Numerous studies have shown that Laser Phototherapy is beneficial for treating:
- Osteoarthritis / Joint pain
- Muscle / Tendon/ Ligament injuries
- Puncture wounds / chronic wounds/ burns
- Post-traumatic injury / post surgical pain
- Inflamed anal glands
- Neck and back pain
- Rhinitis (inflamed sinuses)
- Gingivitis (inflamed gums)
- Cystitis (inflamed bladder)
How many treatments are usually needed to get results?
Results can often been seen after the first treatment, but it can take 5-7 treatments to see the benefits in other cases. Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments, but this will be individually tailored to your pet’s needs. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks. For chronic problems, treatments can be continued monthly thereafter for long term relief.
What is the cost of each treatment?
The cost of an individual LPT treatment at Milford Veterinary Hospital is $35.00. We also have a 6-treatment package available at a discounted rate of $180, a $30 savings!
As part of our commitment to exceptional patient comfort and care, we provide an individual post operative treatment (immediately after the surgery is complete) to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing time of surgical incisions. This is included in the surgical package for all elective surgeries at no additional cost.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, but average from 3 to 30 minutes, depending on the areas treated. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
What can I expect at home?
You might see a change in activity right away. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. Some patients have increased soreness for 24 hours after the first few treatments, this is more commonly seen with chronic pain.
What to expect during a Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?
The technician will apply the laser phototherapy probe to the affected area and apply light pressure, to an extent that is comfortable for your pet. The laser is turned on for the set time designated by your pet’s treatment plan. This is repeated until the entire problem area has been treated. No sedation is required, the fur does not need to be clipped. For some treatments eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear if necessary.
Is there anything my pet should or shouldn’t do, or take, while on the treatment?
There are no specific limitations or restrictions after receiving laser phototherapy, your pet can resume his/ her normal treatments and activities.
Whether your pet requires treatment for an injury, wound, or symptoms of aging, your animal companion will benefit from this revolutionary new approach to veterinary medicine.
Ask our staff for more information on how Laser Phototherapy can help your pet!