Laser Therapy

Class IV Veterinary Laser Therapy in Houston, TX

Continuing to be a leader in the use of new technology, in late 2010, Lakeside Animal Clinic began using a new FDA-approved Class IV therapy laser.

Widely used in human rehabilitation programs and by professional sports trainers, Class IV laser therapy alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and accelerates healing. Deep penetrating photons of light from the laser influence cell chemistry and metabolism in a variety of beneficial ways. Best of all, treatment with a Class IV therapy laser is completely painless. 

Laser therapy has become a part of Dr. Wiltshire's pain control protocols and wound care (both from surgery and trauma). Numerous acute and chronic conditions respond to treatment as pain and inflammation subside, and healing occurs. Arthritic patients are also benefiting from this non-invasive approach that offers an alternative to drug regimens!

Dr. Wiltshire continues to be committed to investing in advanced technology for your pet's care!

Lakeside Animal Clinic is proud to offer Class IV high-intensity laser therapy. Lasers are not new. Class III therapy lasers were first approved by the FDA in the United States in 2002. Class IV lasers received FDA approval in the United States in 2005, but have been used in Europe for much longer. Acceptance has been rapid in human rehabilitation and is slowly on the rise in veterinary medicine. 

Class IV laser therapy is the use of an intense beam of laser light directed into tissues to reduce pain, increase blood flow, decrease inflammation and promote healing. Unlike previously available Class III cold laser units (power of 500 milliwatts or less), our new Class IV Companion Therapy Laser is capable of producing 10,000 milliwatts (20 times more powerful). This allows us to provide therapy to deep tissues around the hips, shoulders and spine in much less time.

No matter what size dog or cat you have, laser therapy can be part of the solution to help ease your pet's pain. Safe and effective, this powerful modality provides increased mobility, increased wound healing, bactericidal activity and post-surgery rehabilitation.

What is laser therapy?

Photobiomodulation and Photobiostimulation are the scientific terms for Companion Therapy Laser's effect on tissue. Deep-penetrating photons from the laser influence cell chemistry in a variety of beneficial ways. Treatment time, power and laser pulse frequency are based on your pet's individual condition and body size.

What conditions can be treated?

- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Bone fractures (speeds fracture repair) 
- Sprains and strains
- Pododermatitis
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Neuromuscular disease
- Acute and chronic ear infections
- Gingivitis
- Hot spots
- Arthritis
- Lick granulomas
- Degenerative disc disease
- Degenerative joint disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Anal gland Infections

What to expect...

No sedation is required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to the animal. Pets do not need to have their hair clipped either. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.

Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. Therefore each additional treatment continues to improve your pet's condition. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows:

- Every other day for one week (3 total)
- Twice the second week (2 total)
- Once the third week (1 total)
- Boosters as needed

We will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet's condition after a consultation and physical examination. The cost of most treatments is $30 to $60 each, with discounted package deals available. 

Where is it beneficial?

Clinical studies and trials of laser therapy technology indicate the following beneficial effects of laser light therapy on tissues and cells:

- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
- Faster Wound Healing
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
- Anti-Inflammation
- Anti-Pain [Analgesic]
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Increased Metabolic Activity
- Improved Nerve Function
- Immunoregulation
- Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points

For more information, please watch the video provided on this page or give us a call.
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