Laser Therapy FAQs

Laser therapy for pets has been used for many years to treat a variety of health conditions and expedite healing after surgery. At Village Veterinary Clinic, we offer laser therapy to help relieve pain and discomfort and to promote quicker healing of injuries. Answers to these FAQs from our Burke veterinarians explain more about laser therapy, how it works, and the benefits it has to offer in treating pets.

How does pet laser therapy work?

Laser therapy entails passing a laser wand over your pet’s wound or painful, inflamed areas to transmit energy into tissues that need healing. This process promotes pain relief and accelerated healing through the release of endorphins, vasodilation (opening of blood vessels) and activation of the lymphatic system, which can help drain swollen areas. The result for your pet is less pain, less swelling and stimulation of injured cells so they repair and heal more quickly. Laser therapy can strengthen muscle and tissue and improve mobility especially in the case of arthritic and/or lame pets. The extent and length of treatment depends on the condition that needs to be treated.

What types of conditions does laser therapy treat?

Laser therapy is very effective in treating many conditions including, but not limited to: muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, hip dysplasia, back pain, arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative disc disease, ear, anal gland and urinary tract infections, hot spots, open wounds, gingivitis and more. Our veterinarians routinely utilize laser therapy post-surgically along incision sites to accelerate healing.

How many treatments does my pet need?

Our veterinarians will customize your pet’s treatment schedule to meet his or her healthcare needs. Some animals only need one or two sessions. Others may require ongoing therapy to receive the greatest benefit from laser treatment. For pets requiring extended treatments, Village Veterinary Clinic offers a six-treatment package at reduced cost.

How long does it take to get results from laser therapy?

Many pets experience reduced pain after one session. Other pets require more time to experience the full benefits from their treatment. The good news is that the results of laser therapy are cumulative, meaning your pet will improve more and more after each session.

Is laser therapy painful?

Laser therapy is not painful. Most pets find the treatment relaxing and may even fall asleep during therapy.

Is laser therapy risky or does it produce side effects?

Laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment for pain relief and healing. Side effects are extremely rare. If your pet has old injuries, he may experience some discomfort for several days, but this should subside quickly.

Can laser therapy be used with other types of treatment?

Our Burke veterinarians may recommend combining laser therapy with massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, supplements and/or medications to help treat your pet’s health condition.

See Our Burke Veterinarian for Pet Laser Therapy

To learn more about laser therapy or to schedule laser therapy for your cat or dog, contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke at 703-978-8655. We’re here to meet all your pet care needs.