What is a typical schedule for laser treatments?
We group conditions into two categories: acute and chronic. We treat to resolution beginning with everyday to every other day treatments. Chronic conditions are divided into three phases: induction,transition and maintenance. Induction is the period where we treat damaged tissue aggressively, typically every other day until a clinical response is noted. This phase usually takes 6-10 treatment sessions.
Transition phase allows us to gradually wean pets to a lower frequency and a decreased number of treatments. This phase can involve once to twice a week sessions or fewer depending on your pet’s response. Maintenance treatments are on an as-needed basis to preserve and sustain the response we achieved during previous treatments. Each treatment is cumulative in nature. Therefore each additional treatment continues to improve your pets condition.
We will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition after a consultation and physical examination.
What should I expect from laser treatment
No sedation is required and the experience is pleasant and comforting to your pet Your pet does not need to have the hair clipped either. As laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy, much like you experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety your pet initially experienced will dissipate.
What are the costs?
Because each treatment plan is different, it is difficult to give a specific cost. However, treatment plans are very cost-effective, especially when considering the outcome. In some cases, the number and amount of medication given to the animal can be decreased or eliminated. This means the overall cost of treatment is lower.
If you are considering treatments, request an outline of the treatment timeframe, number of treatments and associated costs. Note: animals are not normally sedated for these treatments, keeping the costs low.
If you have pet insurance, the cost of laser therapy may be covered by your policy. We suggest you contact your pet insurance company regarding coverage.
Why consider this option?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive method that can be added to other treatment options. There are no side effects and it is a good way to stimulate the body to heal itself rather than administering additional medications. Have you ever heard, “there is nothing else we can do.” Well now there is something else to do. Ask us if this is an option that may benefit your pet. This is by no means “a magic bullet” but we have been pleased with our results so far.