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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, inflammation, and speed the healing process. Veterinary laser therapy has been scientifically proven to help treat post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.


The Latest Technology to Better Treat Your Pet

One of the newest and most innovative procedures in the veterinary industry is laser therapy. The procedure is used to treat acute and chronic injuries and is completely non-invasive so you don’t have to worry about your four-legged friend. By stimulating cell regeneration through targeting a certain area and increasing blood flow, laser therapy accelerates the healing process after surgery, aids with joint pain, and treats certain diseases.


Laser therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue, absorbing into the cell without damaging it and inducing a response called “photo-bio-modulation,” which helps reduce pain. While treating the affected area, the laser light generates a feeling of gentle and soothing warmth.

Why would my pet need laser therapy?

Therapy lasers are primarily used to reduce swelling, pain, and speed the healing process. These mechanisms allow us to successfully treat a wide range of conditions non-invasively and without drugs.

Studies indicate that laser-treated wounds heal 30-50% faster than the typical required healing time. Just a single laser treatment can reduce swelling and speed up the healing process post-surgery. Skin wounds, abrasions, bite injuries, dermatitis, and burns all respond well to laser therapy as well.

Our laser therapy uses a more modern and high-powered therapeutic laser that can deliver adequate dosages of laser energy (photons) painlessly and efficiently to deeper tissues. This laser is extremely beneficial in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease or injury, and degenerative joint diseases.

This is a great therapy option for geriatric patients who suffer from one or more of these chronic painful conditions, as well as the aches and pains that come naturally with aging. There are many reports of pets returning to normal, or almost normal function after laser therapy. More chronic and severe cases may require multiple treatment sessions to fully benefit.

When should I consider laser therapy for my pet?

Laser therapy can be useful for your pet in a number of ways. The following are common clinical conditions where veterinary laser therapy may be used as treatment.

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Immunoregulation

  • Traumatic wound healing

  • Surgical wound healing

  • Increasing the metabolism of specific tissues

How does laser therapy work?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition, varying in time, complexity, and cost. Laser therapy can also be used to enhance other treatment plans we recommend.

Fortunately, laser therapy can be administered without touching the painful area, providing immediate pain relief and edema control to sensitive tissues. We also use therapeutic lasers to stimulate muscle and acupuncture points painlessly and without needles so your pet is as comfortable as possible.

With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible laser therapy pet care for your furry friend. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.

To put it simply, using low-level laser therapy, we focus infrared and red light on specific tissue. This light energizes the cellular mass and produces collagen which helps aid the tissue healing process. Using vascular dilation and synthesis, blood circulation is enhanced in the targeted area.

Laser therapy is a super quick procedure, with a session taking approximately ten minutes. Signs of success are usually apparent after just three to five treatments.

Laser therapy is used for a variety of conditions, some of the most common of which include:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Post-surgery healing

  • Neuromuscular disease

  • And much more

Often, laser therapy is paired with other forms of veterinary medicine including medication and alternative therapies. With very little possibility of adverse side effects, laser therapy is quickly becoming the go-to rehabilitation treatment following surgery.

Caring for Your Pet’s Total Health

Our friendly and caring staff at Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital are experienced, knowledgeable, and devoted to every animal that comes to our Tulsa veterinary clinic. We know you want the best for your cat or dog, and that’s what we provide.