Now offering a surgery-free, drug-free noninvasive treatment for pain relief and inflammation
We offer the latest technology in health care for your pet. Our Companion Therapy Laser is an FDA-cleared deep penetrating light that allows relief of pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. It can make all the difference in the world for your best friends suffering from any number of conditions including treatment for acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. For these pets, laser therapy at Staten Island Veterinary Group can mean living in comfort instead of learning to handle the pain.
What can be treated with laser therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
How does it work? The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called "photo-bio-modulation". This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?
Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement. Patients do not need to be sedated or restrained, and your pet will likely not feel the laser treatment. Soon after the first treatment, your pet may move with less pain or have a more relaxed stride and better range of motion.
What's involved with treating my pet?
Treatments are unique to each patient and condition. When choosing treatment options with your veterinarian, laser therapy may be an alternative to or used in companion treatment with pharmaceuticals. It can provide immediate results without dangerous side effects.
Typically, the laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. Most treatments, however, take from 3-30 minutes, and are frequently conducted in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation therapy. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
Is there anything my pet should or shouldn't do, or take, while on the treatment?
Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.
What can I expect at home?
You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.
How should I support this treatment at home? There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet's condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.
When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see? You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.
Help your pet heal with laser therapy. Drug Free. Surgery Free. Relief for your pet. Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.