Class IV Laser Therapy- Lighting the Path to Pain Relief and a Rapid Recovery

You have to see it to believe it! For the last 3 years, Metairie Small Animal Hospital has been using Class IV laser therapy as a drug free alternative to speed healing and aid in pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions. Initially, as with any new medication or pain relieving device, we were skeptical of the potential benefits of laser therapy. Time and time again, we have witnessed first-hand the rapid recovery and pain relief promised by the staff of Companion Therapy Laser.

Laser therapy works by inducing a cellular response that increases ATP (energy) production. This directly stimulates enzymes that help decrease pain, decrease inflammation, and speed healing.  In 2002, Class III laser therapy was approved by the FDA, but because of the low power, its use was limited. Class IV lasers have been approved for use since 2005 and are more powerful. It was quickly accepted in the human fields of rehabilitation, wound care, and sports medicine. In animals, it has been shown to be beneficial in acute conditions such as post surgical wound management, hot spots (moist dermatitis), pododermatitis (feet infections), otitis externa (ear infections), muscle strains, insect/snake bites, and orthopedic problems. It’s also beneficial in chronic conditions such as arthritis, lick granulomas, COPD, inflammatory bowel disease, nerve injuries as well as a variety of other conditions. The type of disease and degree of tissue damage will determine the number and frequency of treatments needed. For instance, we may do only one laser treatment while recovering a patient from a spay procedure, while a wound caused by a snake bite might be lasered once daily until resolution. For chronic conditions, we usually go through an induction period (usually about 6 treatments over 2 weeks), followed by a transition period (gradual reduction of treatment frequency), followed by maintenance therapy (single treatment every week to every 4 weeks based on the individual patient).

Our vet tech Becki performs laser therapy on Jazz.If you think your pet may benefit from laser therapy, call or schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s condition. If we feel that your pet is a good candidate, we will set up an initial treatment plan. At Metairie Small Animal Hospital, we have several laser therapy certified technicians that will assist us in treating your pet. After your pet finds a comfortable spot on our large cushion, our technician will deliver the laser light through a noninvasive hand piece. Patients feel a gentle warming sensation over the affected area during the treatment time (typically about 3-7 minutes depending on area being treated). Most pets hop up after the first treatment and feel immediate relief! Don’t wait around! Call today and ask if your pet can benefit from laser therapy!