How Laser Therapy fits into a Treatment Plan for your Pet
Like any other treatment or services we provide, we start with a full wellness evaluation of your dog. It would not be appropriate to use laser on a dog without first determining where it’s use is warranted. As listed above, there are many indications for when laser therapy would be beneficial for your dog. We need to find out what those are.
For uses including pain, muscle strains, nerve injures, therapeutic laser is best used is part of a full treatment health program. A full therapeutic rehab program would also include education, exercises and manual therapies. We believe laser is just one tool we can use to help your pets get their health back!
How will my dog in pain react to a laser treatment?
Most dogs tolerate laser very well. Because we use a class 3b laser, there is usually nothing to feel other than the pressure of the laser probe on the skin. Sometimes a dog will experience a tingling sensation and react. If this occurs, the therapist will move the laser head around to stop this or will change the settings on the laser. There is no heating that occurs with our laser unit.
Dogs in pain are managed by placing them in a position of comfort before starting a treatment. This helps the dog to relax their body and prevent unwanted movement that can exacerbate pain.
Some dogs don’t want to stay still or become anxious when the probe touches their skin, even with the unit turned off. These dogs sometimes aren’t good candidates for laser therapy. If a dog will not allow laser therapy to be used we will never force them to. This would not be beneficial to their recovery and would make it more difficult to engage the dog at future follow-up appointments.
How long does a treatment session last?
A laser therapy treatment can range from a few minutes up to 15 minutes in the case of laser acupuncture depending on the number of points needing treatment. If your dog needs a rest during a laser session to get up and move around, we let them. We want them to remain as calm and relaxed as possible during a treatment session.
What is the cost of laser therapy?
At Pawsitively Fit, we will not perform laser therapy for an injury without a proper assessment of your pet. This allows us to determine if laser therapy is the most appropriate treatment to use depending on your dog’s condition. The efficacy of laser therapy use alone, without a more complete rehab program, will be discussed with you after a proper assessment. If you’d like to learn more, or have questions, please reach out to our team.