Laser Therapy and Surgery

Why You Should Consider Companion Laser Therapy for Your Dogs and Cats

Laser Therapy is an FDA approved modality that has clinical studies and real-world use studies that have proven alleviation of pain and inflammation, reduction of swelling, and stimulating nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair.

How does it work?

The Companion Therapy Laser System sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then stimulates production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. 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 and suffers from arthritis, 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.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition.  An examination of your pet will be required with our veterinarian to determine the best protocol for your pet and condition. Laser treatment are cumulative and one builds upon another.  With chronic problems, one treats a pet with a series of treatments for the best effect. For some patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as an adjunct to other treatment plans such as use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, weight loss, and nutraceuticals.

What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?

Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The technician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.

What will my pet feel?

As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage.

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

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 seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.

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The Benefits of CO2 Surgical Laser an Why You Should Consider it for Your Dogs and Cats

No one likes to have surgery, but when it is necessary, we have a CO2 Surgical Laser that can be a tremendous benefit.  Our CO2 Surgical Laser can greatly reduce bleeding, swelling, time to heel, and more.

Laser surgery and treatment has been incorporated into veterinary medicine for many years and Westbay Animal Hospital was one of the first veterinary hospitals in Manatee County to use the CO2 Surgical Laser in their practice.

The Advantages of the CO2 Surgical Laser include:

  • Decreased pain: The CO2 Laser seals nerve endings resulting in less edema and pain
  • Less bleeding: As the laser cuts, it seals the blood vessels
  • Reduced risk of infection:  Another benefit is that Laser Beam sterilizes while it is in use
  • Less Swelling

These benefits result in much less postoperative discomfort and faster healing.

Many procedures benefit from utilizing the Surgical CO2 Laser including Nasal, Teeth, nail removal, skin mass removal, and more.

When used during surgery to remove cancerous masses, there is no metal cutting instrument to spread or contaminate the site which reduces the spread of cancer cells.

Many oral and skin masses can be removed without the need for sutures

Eyelid and nasal surgery can often be done without the necessity of sutures.


Some Examples of Procedures Performed:


On “Flat Faced” breeds of dogs and cats, such as the French Bulldog, Pug, Pekinese, Shih Tzu, and Persian the openings of the nose are often restrictive to air flow.  A procedure called STENOTIC NARES can be performed to create a larger openings allowing more air flow.  The SURGICAL CO2 LASER is ideal for this procedure as it allows:

  • Quick Recovery Time – Can be performed as an outpatient surgery (no overnight stay required)
  • Virtually NO Blood Loss
  • Almost Immediate Improvement of Air Flow After Surgery

BOXER - GINGIVAL HYPERPLASIA (Removing abnormal growths from gum line

In several breeds, primarily Boxers, gum tissue can develop abnormal growths that appear to surround the teeth.  This condition is referred to as Gingival Hyperplasia.  Removing the growth with the CO2 Surgical Laser minimizes complications due to bleeding as it seals vessels and nerves as it cuts the tissue.  This also allows the healing time to be greatly reduced and significantly reduces post-op pain.



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