Therapeutic Laser Treatments

laser 3Risius Family Veterinary Service is proud to offer one of the latest technologies in the field of wound healing and pain management, Class 4 Companion Therapy Laser treatment. It provides us with a safe, drug-free and surgery-free tool to relieve pain and promote faster healing in your pet.

What is a therapeutic laser?

A laser is an amplifier of light. We use different types of lasers almost every day of our lives. Common examples of low and medium power lasers are cd players, laser printers, bar code scanners, and laser pointers. Class 4 lasers are the most powerful lasers available in the healthcare industry. These are grouped into surgical and therapeutic lasers. Surgical lasers cut tissues, therapeutic lasers heal tissues.

How does a therapeutic laser work?

The therapeutic laser provides energy to stimulate individual cells deep within tissues, giving the cells more energy to optimize its own role in the body’s natural healing process.

The therapy laser has many beneficial effects including:

  • Relives pain
  • Reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Accelerates tissue repair and cell growth
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases the cells’ metabolic activity
  • Reduces fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation
  • Improves nerve function
  • Accelerates wound healing
  • Stimulates acupuncture trigger points

 What conditions respond to laser therapy?

The therapeutic laser can provide your pet with relief from many common disorders that cause pain and inflammation. Some of the disorders that we commonly treat with laser therapy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Pain caused by hip dyplasia
  • Numerous skin conditions
  • Post surgical pain
  • Wounds and abscesses
  • Anal gland abscesses


  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Insect bites/stings/allergic reactions
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder)
  • Burns


 Are there any contraindications to using the therapy laser? Is it safe?laser 1

The therapeutic laser is very safe to use as prescribed. It has been cleared by the FDA and has been safely used on humans and animals for years with virtually no side effects. It cannot be used in the eye as it can damage the retina. For that reason, protective eye wear must be worn by anyone in the room when the laser is in use. It also should not be used on an area where cancer is present.

The therapy laser provides a drug-free, surgery-free alternative for the relief of pain and inflammation. It can provide pain relief without the side effects of systemic pain relieving drugs. So, it is very safe for older patients that suffer from kidney or liver disease.

What is a typical protocol for treating a pet with the therapeutic laser?

The Class 4 laser is the most powerful laser available today, which translates into shorter treatment times for your pet. Laser therapy sessions are prescribed by your pet’s veterinarian, performed by a veterinary technician and last for 5-15 minutes. For chronic (long-term) conditions we recommend starting with a package of 6 treatments over the course of 3 weeks. Pets that respond well may then need occasional maintenance sessions to keep them pain free. For wounds, lacerations, and other acute (short-term) conditions treatments are typically done every 2-3 days until the area is healed.