Tenafly Veterinary Center

Complementary Therapies

At Tenafly Veterinary Center, we offer laser therapy which enables us to treat some conditions without the use of drugs. Painful inflammatory conditions can be treated and possibly heal with the use of low level laser therapy.

Class IV Laser Therapy

At our hospital, we pride ourselves on always searching for innovative ways to care for your dog especially where pain is concerned. Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used for a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Laser treatment for dogs employs deep-penetrating wavelengths to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiomodulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins (internal opioids), and it stimulates mitochondria to help injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.

Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your dog's condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Level IV therapeutic cold laser treatments for dogs are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your dog's condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow your doctor will help create a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your dog.

Class IV Cold Laser therapy may also be referred to as Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser, photobiomodulation or Class IV Laser Therapy. Each of these terms refers to the same therapy, using the same equipment to stimulates cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.

Conditions Can Dog Class IV Laser Therapy Be Used To Treat

Laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
  • Back pain
  • Ear infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Hot Spots and open wounds
  • Arthritis/hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Anal gland infections

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

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