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Laser & Physical Therapy

Our Laser and Physical Therapy clinical service is run at both our Chesham and Chalfont St. Giles surgeries. All members of this clinical service have received further training in this area, to offer you and your pet the best service possible. 

Our Chesham surgery is led by vets Laura Baydoun and Rebecca Castle, and nurses Catherine Dakin and Anna Rayne. 

Catherine is currently undertaking a Diploma in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation, and is able to offer physical therapy for your pet, in addition to laser therapy, if appropriate. 

Anna is currently undertaking further training to become a Certified Professional Canine Fitness trainer, which she started in 2021, as she has a particular interest in working dog health and fitness. 

Our Chalfont surgery is led by vets Katie Westlake and Stella Ziegel, and nurses Susanne Ash and Charlotte Barton. 

Susanne is currently undertaking a Diploma in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation, which she started in 2021, as she has a strong interest in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy. She is continuing to gain further experience in this area, here at the Wheelhouse. 

  • What Do These Sessions Include?
  • How Does Laser Therapy Work?
  • Benefits of Laser Therapy
  • Are There Any Side Effects?
  • Will My Pet Respond to Laser Therapy?
  • Prices
  • How Do I Arrange An Appointment For This Service?

What Do These Sessions Include?

What Do These Sessions Include?

You will initially be booked in for an induction course of 6 sessions- this will be made up of 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks.

Based on these 6 sessions we are then able to assess your pet's response to laser therapy and can determine when is best to book them in for their next session.

Session 1 - 60 minutes

  • Full clinical veterinary assessment, including assessment of mobility and compensatory mechanisms
  • ‚ÄčLaser therapy
  • Physical therapy if appropriate

 

Sessions 2-5 - 40 minutes

  • Laser therapy
  • Physical therapy if appropriate

 

Session 6 - 60 minutes

  • Full clinical veterinary assessment, including assessment of response to treatment
  • Laser therapy
  • Physical therapy if appropriate

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy involves the process of directing infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues, to accelerate the body's natural ability to heal.

The laser is placed in direct contact with the skin, enabling light photons to penetrate tissue leading to several biochemical effects within cells.

No clipping or sedation is needed, in order to provide laser therapy to your pet, and you are able to stay with your pet the entire time during each session. We will also use treats and tasty snacks to help your pet enjoy the session even more!

At the Wheelhouse, we use a Class 4 Therapeutic Laser.

Benefits of Laser Therapy

Benefits of Laser Therapy

Benefits of laser therapy include:

  • Analgaesic effect (pain relief)
  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Reduction in swelling
  • Accelerated tissue repair
  • Increased wound healing
  • Improved nerve function
  • Improved vascular supply and activity

Are There Any Side Effects?

Are There Any Side Effects?

Laser therapy is a very safe treatment option, where side effects do not seem to be seen.

Sometimes your pet may be sleepy following a laser session (although they may also feel much more active than normal as their joints and muscles are more comfortable following laser therapy). It is therefore important to keep your pet's exercise levels as normal following a laser session, to prevent over-exercising them and subsequent stiffness or pain.

If you are pregnant, or there is any possibility you could be pregnant we would advise that you do not stay with your pet during the treatment- another family member is welcome to bring them or we can ensure your pet is looked after by one of our nurses for the duration of the session.

Will My Pet Respond to Laser Therapy?

Will My Pet Respond to Laser Therapy?

The vast majority of pets show a positive response to laser therapy within the first 6 sessions. In some cases, we may also be able to reduce the amount of medication they are on over time.

Based on their response we can then tailor subsequent sessions to their individual needs and requirements.

Not every pet responds fully to laser therapy, and the induction course is required to assess their response fully. Some pets may also need more sessions in order to see a response.

Prices

  • Induction Course - £275 
  • Follow up session (20 minutes) - £35 
  • Follow up session (40 minutes) - £55 
  • Follow up session (60 minutes) - £75 

If you are a member of the Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan, this cover extends to our Laser and Physical Therapy service as well. 

How Do I Arrange An Appointment For This Service?

If you are already a Wheelhouse client, please discuss this with your usual vet, who can arrange for you to be seen by the Laser and Physical Therapy clinical service. 

If you are not already registered with the Wheelhouse Vets, then please contact your usual vet to request an appointment with our Laser and Physical Therapy clinical service. 

A member of our team will then give you a call to book your appointment, and also confirm the booking via email, which will include a link to your pre-appointment questionnaire.  

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