Laser Therapy

Since 2015, Animal Hospital of West Chester has offered cold laser therapy for our four-legged patients. This cold laser therapy is a drug free, surgery free therapy option providing advanced pain relief for both dogs and cats. The laser treatment, done in our office (see photos) can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion.

What is Laser Therapy?

Class IV K-Lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain and enhanced tissue repair. Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970’s and was cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002.

Numerous Studies Show that Laser Therapy Can Help with:
Anal Gland Conditions Join Pain Post-Traumatic Injury
Burns Lacerations Puncture Wounds
Chronic Wounds Ligament Sprains & Strains Rehabilitation
Ear Infections Osteoarthritis Skin Infections
Edema & Congestion Post-Orthopedic Surgery Recovery  Soft Tissue Surgical Recovery
Hip Dyspepsia Post-Surgical Pain Tendinopathies
Therapeutic Effects

The painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored.

What to Expect

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.  The laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. Even though improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments [3 to 8] for greatest benefit. Most sites require 3 to 8 minutes per treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally your pet will feel mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.