Laser Therapy for Pets


Laser Therapy for Pets has proven to be highly effective in reducing pain and swelling as well as improving healing time and increasing circulation.

Your pet may have been recommended for Laser Therapy to help manage:

  • Wound Healing
  • Osteoarthritis / Lameness
  • Oedema and Congestion
  • Ligament & Tendon Conditions
  • Nerve & Spinal Cord Problems
  • Bone & Cartilage Repair
  • Muscle Sprains
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Pain Management
  • Burns
  • Post Surgical Pain and Healing
  • Post Orthopaedic Surgical Recovery


Laser Therapy for PetsThe painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment to reduce swelling, inflammation, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.

As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored. 


Laser Therapy is non-invasive treatment using specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

Laser Therapy has been widely utilised in the human field by physiotherapists, doctors and nurses as far back as the 1970’s and has recently been approved by NICE.

We were so impressed with the results of our trials that we have now made it available for your pets.


During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.

The infra-red laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.


There is no unpleasant sensation during treatment and the area being treated will feel a little warm. Occasionally your pet may feel a little sleepy.


Laser Therapy is a safe procedure which may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and other therapies. Laser Therapy may help to minimize the requirement for other medications. This can be especially useful if medications are producing undesirable side effects.


There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. Each session will, typically last between 15-30 minutes, depending on the size and depth of the area being treated.

Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. Although improvement is maybe seen after the first visit, for most conditions, particularly those involving muscular skeletal areas, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan.


At Cara Veterinary Group, an initial course of 6 treatments over 2-3 weeks is recommended. Costs vary according to treatment regime but as a guide:

  • Minor Wound Healing - per session:        €10
  • 1-3 Treatment Areas - per session:           €25
  • 4-6 Treatment Areas - per session:           €45
  • 1-3 Areas - per course of 6 treatments:   €150
  • 4-6 Areas - per course of 6 treatments:   €225

REMEMBER: There is no sedative or restraint required for Laser Therapy. It is totally non-invasive and, in a lot of cases, pets enjoy the treatment as it provides a warm, soothing effect. 

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Pet Owner FAQ's

Here is a list of the most common questions asked by pet owners about class 4 laser therapy.

How often should a patient be treated?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before the results are felt?

Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?

YES. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

How long does each treatment take?

The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.