What is Therapeutic Laser treatment?
Laser treatment is a method of healing using light meant to relieve and reduce pain, minimize inflammation, treat arthritis without the use of traditional medications.
Is this a new approach?
Laser therapy has been routinely used in the medical community for almost 40 years and has become increasingly popular with the continued advancement of technology.
What do treatment plans look like?
Approach and cost will vary with each patient depending on condition and severity of condition.
Why would I use laser therapy for my pet?
Laser therapy is meant to treat various conditions including any ailment associated with pain or inflammation, chronic illnesses, serious wounds, broken bones, neurological issues and even skin issues.
How does laser treatment work?
This approach is considered non-invasive in treating problem areas by using light energy to infiltrate the tissue which is then absorbed by surrounding cells to prompt a chemical reaction allowing a cell to regenerate and to stimulate blood circulation. It is also said that this process can minimize nerve sensitivity and increase endorphins.
NOTE* Laser treatment is not suggested for pets suffering from cancer as the increased blood flow can penetrate already tainted cancer cells.
How long is each laser session?
Depending on the specific issue and size of animal, treatment can be as quick as 10 minutes or can take up to a half hour.
What are the side effects?
To date there are no confirmed side effects of such treatment.
What changes will I notice in my pet?
Again, depending on the ailment, results may vary—you may notice an increase or decrease in energy after treatment.
Will my pet have to be shaved?
Typically, no there is no shaving required to perform laser treatment but it is possible.
Are there any special measures I should take before or after treatment?
Unless otherwise directed, typically there are no changes needed in diet or activity.
Where can I go to find more information on cost and treatment?
Dr. Jill Elliot as seen on CBS from the NY/NJ Holistic Vet has two locations, 257 W. 18th St. New York, NY and Lenox Hill Veterinary Hospital, 204 E. 76th St New York, NY.