Pet Laser Therapy at Estcourt Vets

Our team at Estcourt Vets are proud to offer our clients’ pets access to laser therapy. This non-invasive method is used to help treat injuries, arthritis, sprains and strains, swellings and musculoskeletal abnormalities. It is also used post-operatively to promote quicker healing. This safe method can be used on your pet without the need for sedation or shaving the affected area (however, it will always be used as per your vets’ recommendation) and treatment can take place at our clinic.

What is Laser Therapy?

The laser machine is used to stimulate cells. This cell stimulation then encourages the cells to work harder which helps produce more energy and increases your pet’s blood flow. Endorphins are released during this process – these are the body’s natural painkillers.

It is used by our team to help regenerate tissue following surgical procedures, but it also helps pets who are suffering with arthritis, swellings and other injuries.

Laser therapy can help with:

  • Post operative healing and pain management
  • Wound healing
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Dental disease
  • Skin disease

During a laser session, your pet will be made comfortable and one of our registered veterinary nurses will then use the laser hand-piece to administer treatment to the affected areas under veterinary instruction. You are able to be present for this session but the nurse handling the laser will need to wear protective eyewear.

Will it hurt my pet?

Laser therapy is a safe, non-invasive procedure that should provide immediate pain relief if your pet is suffering from arthritis or an injury. The beam of light emitted from the machine only stimulates pressure points and is not powerful enough to burn your pet’s skin. How long this pain relief lasts does depend on the severity of your pet’s condition but the laser course can be tailored to them and their needs.

What else should I know about Laser Therapy?

On average, we tend to start any laser course by booking pets in for 2-3 sessions a week, which will be reduced depending on how they react and heal. Depending on your pet’s condition and whether you have decided to pursue an insurance claim, it would be useful to contact your pet’s insurance company prior to laser therapy beginning to see if it is covered under their policy. As a practice, we know that each pet insurance policy is different so we always encourage you to do your own research into what you can claim for your pet and to never assume it will be covered. To find out more generally about pet insurance, visit our dedicated webpage.