Laser Therapy for Upper Valley Pets

Class IV Laser Therapy

Pain Relief for Your Pet

Stoney Brook was proud to be the first Veterinary practice in the region to add Companion Laser Therapy to their list of treatments for pets. With laser therapy, companion animals will receive instant relief of pain; inflammation and swelling associated with soft tissue injuries, trauma, and surgery; and chronic everyday disorders.

A relatively new branch of medicine, the Class IV laser delivers a large amount of light energy into the pet's body. When the light interacts with damaged cells, healing is accelerated and pain is dramatically reduced. As our pets age, recover from trauma or surgery, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains, this advanced technology could offer: Drug-Free, Surgery-Free, Pain-Free Relief.

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Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug free, noninvasive treatment used to:

  • Reduce Pain
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Improve Circulation
  • Promote Faster Wound Healing
  • Accelerate Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
  • Improve Nerve Function

It has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating:

Chronic Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Degenerative Joint Disease

Acute Conditions

  • Post-Surgical Healing & Pain Relief
  • Wounds
  • Sprains
  • Infections
  • Cruciate Ligament Injury

The top 10 biological effects of laser therapy are:

  1. Anti-inflammation
    Laser therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.
  2. Analgesic Effect
    Laser therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
  3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
    Photos of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.
  4. Improved Vascular Activity
    Laser light significantly increased the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.
  5. Increased Metabolic Activity
    The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.
  6. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
    Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
  7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
    Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.
  8. Improved Nerve Function
    Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
  9. Immunoregulation
    Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
  10. Faster Wound Healing
    Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

How it Works

The Companion Laser at Stoney Brook Veterinary Hospital is a Class IV high power machine that delivers a high dose of light energy to deep tissues and joints painlessly and efficiently. The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece. This is done in an exam room with you (if you choose) and your pet. The experience is pleasant and comforting.

Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 - 8 treatments produce the best results. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. We will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

Stoney Brook Veterinary Hospital will accept referrals from other veterinary hospitals for this treatment option. You or your veterinarian may call us to discuss our current referral process. Download our Therapeutic Laser Treatment Form for Referring Veterinarians below. Click on the file type you need:

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