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Laser Therapy

  • How Does Laser Therapy Work?
  • Benefits of Laser Therapy
  • Are There Any Side Effects?
  • What Do These Sessions Include?
  • Who Carries Out Laser Therapy?
  • Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan
  • Will My Pet Respond to Laser Therapy?
  • How Do I Arrange for My Pet to Have Laser Therapy?

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.

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

Who Carries Out Laser Therapy?

Who Carries Out Laser Therapy?

Our laser and physical therapy team is made up of a small number of vets and nurses who have all received further training in this area, to offer you and your pet the best service possible.

Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan

Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan

All laser sessions are covered under the Wheelhouse Plan, once the initial fee has been paid for a condition.

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.

How Do I Arrange for My Pet to Have Laser Therapy?

How Do I Arrange for My Pet to Have Laser Therapy?

If you are already a Wheelhouse client please discuss this with your usual vet, who can arrange for you to be referred to our Laser and Physical Therapy Team.

If you are not already registered with the Wheelhouse Vets then please contact your normal vet in order to arrange a referral for our Laser and Physical Therapy clinics.

A member of our reception team will then give you a call to book your appointment and also send out some additional information and pre-appointment questionnaire.

We carry out this therapy at our Chesham and Chalfont St Giles surgeries.