Laser Therapy

Riverbend Animal Hospital has a Class IV therapy laser. It delivers light therapy at two different wavelengths invisible to the naked eye: one that works to reduce inflammation and swelling, and one that is targeted to reduce pain.

Lasers emit light of specific wavelengths that can be utilized by cells. The light enters the mitochondria within cells, stimulating the production of ATP. ATP is the fundamental energy source
for cells. Cells that are injured, diseased or otherwise impaired
do not make ATP efficiently. Stimulating ATP production
increases the vitality of the cells. Cells become healthier
faster, inflammation is decreased, pain is resolved, and wounds
heal faster.

In our surgical department, we use laser therapy regularly.
All surgical incisions, except those dealing with cancer, are treated post-operatively with laser. All patients having orthopedic procedures are treated at their first recheck post-op (usually two weeks) as well. We may recommend some orthopedic patients (especially those having cruciate repairs or femoral head and neck excisions) be treated several more times after surgery.

Most laser treatments take under five minutes; those with multiple sites may take a bit longer. Treatment is delivered
via a non-invasive hand piece that is pressed into the area
to be treated for a specified amount of time. No fur needs
to be clipped, and there’s no danger of skin burns; one needs
only to protect the eyes with special goggles (for patients as
well as humans).

Therapeutic laser can be used in conjunction with any medications your pet may be on without side effects. Beneficial effects of laser will typically be seen within 12 to 24 hours after a treatment.

“The communication, education and attention given to the pet owners before, during and after the surgery is so appreciated by our family.”

Lee Ann, Union, CT

“You can tell they love animals and this isn’t just a job. They care about the pets and the owners, and it shows through their work. I got many calls from Dr. White to check up on my sick kitty and see how we were all doing.”

Christine, Hadley

“A gentle acknowledgement of the kindness in your practice. The greeting Leo got yesterday brings tears of happiness to my eyes as I write.”

Tammy and Chris, Leverett

“Two bum knees is not a fair hand to be dealt. After her surgeries, Ivy now tears across the yard!”

Dave, Wilbraham

“From the first phone call, this has been the best veterinary experience I’ve ever had. You guys are great!”

Eric, Springfield