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Sondhi said the Brighton Eggert Animal Clinic has been offering the service for three months now and have so far seen positive results. The laser can be used to help speed the healing process after a surgical incision and can help treat lick granulomas or hot spots in which dogs can’t stop licking or chewing spots on their skin.
In Basie’s case, Sondhi said he’s been very pleased with the dog’s progress.
“Within 48 hours he started responding,” Sondhi said.
He started Basie off on a few treatments per week and he’s now been dropped down to twice a month.
“He really seems to enjoy it,” Ihde said, adding that after treatment, Basie often likes to run up the front stairs to their house, which is normally off-limits for the ailing dog.
Laser therapy is available for both dogs and cats — it’s particularly ideal for cats suffering from pain because they don’t tolerate pain medication well, Sondhi said.
But it’s not particularly cheap, which is why Sondhi often recommends it as a last alternative.
“It is an expensive technology,” Sondhi said. “We have tried to be quite conscious about that.”
A five-session package for an animal less than 40 pounds costs $200 and includes a sixth session for free. The same package for an animal that weighs more than 40 pounds, the cost is $300.
It’s offered as a $10 add-on for any pet already undergoing a surgical procedure at the hospital to help speed the healing.
For more information about laser therapy treatment for pets, visit www.litecure.com/companion.
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