Water’s Edge Veterinary Hospital is excited to offer Companion Laser Therapy, even to those who are not currently our clients. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive and pain-free drug-free treatment. This form of therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours, depending on the condition and your pet’s unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

Applications for laser therapy include:

  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas and infections)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns and lesions)
  • Ear infections
How does it work?

Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.

What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?

Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.

Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs with actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently after therapy we hear: “he’s acting like a puppy again” or “she can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your pet.

What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?

Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experience pain or discomfort are:

  • Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of grooming
  • Won’t wag tail
  • Licking or biting area
  • Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trembling

For more information about Laser therapy, you can download this document, or contact Water’s Edge to request additional information or to schedule an appointment.