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Portland Veterinary Wellness Center

Laser Therapy

The high-energy Companion Therapy Laser can penetrate deeply into the body to diminish pain and stimulate healing.


Many pets suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis caused by hip dysplasia, spondylosis, traumatic injury, etc. A class of drugs, non-steroid anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), has provided significant relief from pain, but long-term use of these drugs can have some undesirable effects. In addition, some animals are NSAID-intolerant. Cats are particularly sensitive to some of these medications, so there are fewer pain management options available for the feline patient. K-Laser provides a safe solution for them.

When choosing a treatment option for your companion there is now an alternative to pharmaceuticals. The Companion Therapy Laser, by LifeCure provides immediate results without any dangerous side effects.

Is laser therapy new?

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects that laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complimentary adjunct to other treatment plans.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What's involved with treating my pet?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects with this treatment.

What can I expect at home?

You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.

When I can I expect to see an improvement?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions or your pet may just seem more relaxed and comfortable. For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results. Each pet is different and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.