What is Class IV Laster Therapy?
Class IV laser therapy is the use of an intense beam of laser light directed into tissues to help reduce pain, inflammation and accelerate healing. The laser emits energy in the form of photons which target damaged cells. The process by which tissue heals through laser is termed “photo-bio-stimulation” or “photo-bio-modulation.” There is an increase in the damaged cell’s energy source, called ATP, which thus accelerates cellular repair.
What is Class IV Laser used for?
For decades, laser therapy has been used to manage a wide array of human medical conditions. The newest, and most advanced form of laser, Class IV laser, was FDA approved in the United States in 2005 and has since been used extensively in human medicine. Laser therapy has recently emerged veterinary medicine and is being used by veterinarians to manage common conditions seen in veterinary practice (see below).
Laser therapy has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation, increase blood flow, stimulate nerve regeneration and speed the repair of damaged tissues. The laser can be used to treat superficial tissues like the skin and can also be programed to treat tissues/organs 4-6 inches below the surface of the skin. Laser therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment modality or as part of a multi-modal approach to management of many chronic medical conditions. The treatment effects of laser therapy are cumulative in nature so increased frequency of administration increases the benefits.
Common conditions treated:
- Chronic joint disease (osteoarthritis, degenerative joint and disc disease)
- Acute trauma (strains or sprains, wounds)
- Skin conditions (infections, chronically inflamed skin)
- Ear infections (acute and chronic)
- Periodontal (dental) disease
Examples of other conditions treated:
- Lower urinary tract disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What to expect:
The laser emits a warm, soothing light that is well tolerated by patients and does not require sedation. This is a non-invasive procedure that is pain free. In fact, the probe itself doesn’t even have to contact your pet’s skin and will still yield a powerful and healing effect on treated tissues.
The laser therapy session is quick, usually lasting between 2-6 minutes per site. Response to treatment and duration of treatment varies between conditions and individuals, but even chronic conditions can show improvement in as little as 3 sessions. And, for minor injuries, a single session might be all that your pet needs with clinical improvement seen within 12-24 hours after therapy.
Fees vary by number of sites treated and total number of sessions. Prior to beginning any laser therapy session Mobile Pet Vet, Inc. requires a comprehensive examination. Each subsequent laser session will be aimed at assessing your pet’s response to treatment and making adjustments as needed. Please call to discuss options and pricing with our team.
Did you know that most Pet Insurance policies cover the cost of your pet’s laser therapy? We recommend calling your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to ensure you are covered.
Laser therapy is an excellent, drug free, non-invasive treatment available to your pets to enhance the quality of their mobility, post-operative recovery and numerous other acute or chronic conditions. Mobile Pet Vet, Inc. can bring this cutting edge medicine to you and your pet(s) in the comfort of your own home!