Laser FAQ

Laser Therapy FAQ

How does it work?

Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about three to eight minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.

What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?

Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.

Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again”. Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your pet.

What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Nu Moves Laser Therapy?

Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:

  • Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Whining, groaning, or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into the car or down stairs
Why should I choose mobile laser therapy for my pet?

Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are fewer side effects or risks than other forms of treatment. In addition, it can often achieve results more quickly than other treatment modalities.

Multiple visits to a vet at a traditional veterinary hospital can be very stressful for pets.
Nu Moves comes to you, making it less stressful for your pet (and yourself), and is also more convenient. This makes mobile laser therapy ideal for owners with multiple pets, working individuals with busy schedules, and handicapped or elderly who cannot drive several times a week to a veterinary clinic.

Nu Moves comes to you, avoiding the stress of a busy hospital lobby, the anxieties and aggression that come from fear of visiting the vet, carsick pets, the risk of disease or parasite transmission, and all pets receive one on one attention by a licensed and laser certified veterinarian.

Where does Nu Moves currently offer services?

We offer services within a 25 mile radius of downtown Vancouver, WA (including some parts of Portland, Oregon and surrounding WA areas). Services outside of the 25 mile radius are charged an additional fee. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions.

What should I expect from laser therapy?
  • Most chronic conditions will show a positive response in 3 to 4 treatments. You should expect at least a 50% improvement in mobility and pain reduction.
  • Some pets respond positively to just ONE treatment.
  • The treated site feels better immediately or within 12-24 hours after treatment.
  • Definite improvements should be seen by the second week of treatments.
  • Treatment effects are cumulative in nature.
  • Some patients develop a habit of altering their movements to keep from feeling pain. If you do not see an immediate change, they may be pain free, but need some time to adjust their movements.
What type of schedule does laser therapy require?

Post-Procedure – Most post procedure patients will require a single treatment immediately after (surgery, dentals, minor wound repair). This can often be supplied by your current veterinarian, if they have laser therapy available. However, some post-procedure patients benefit from additional treatments (approximately 2-6) every other day. Some examples of these patients might include orthopedic surgeries, or other extensive surgeries. It has been proven that incision sites heal faster with laser therapy.

Acute Conditions – Acute conditions are treated a single, or multiple times until resolution of the condition. Examples of single treatments might include abscesses, dermatitis, acute otitis (ear infection). Examples of multiple treatments might include more involved presentations of acute otitis, or abscesses with surrounding cellulitis.

Chronic Conditions – Chronic conditions require multiple treatments to achieve improvement, and often are followed by maintenance treatments to maintain the effect. Examples include osteoarthritis, lick granulomas, and chronic lower urinary tract diseases. Patients with chronic disease are often treated aggressively every other day until clinical improvement is noted. The degree of abnormality and chronicity dictate this number.

There is then a gradual reduction in frequency of treatments to maintain desired effects. Most chronic conditions can be maintained with a treatment every 3-4 weeks. This is adjusted to the patient’s requirements.

How much does mobile laser therapy cost?

Nu Moves provides laser therapy at a rate comparable to veterinary clinics in the Vancouver/Portland area, with the addition of a house call fee. Multiple pet households only incur one house call fee per visit. We provide package, discount deals for a large variety of treatments. Senior, military, and group discount prices may apply. Exam fees apply for first time clients. Please see our pricing page for more information.

Does my pet insurance currently cover laser therapy?

You might be surprised at what your pet insurance covers. The following is a list of insurance companies that have accepted laser therapy (according to recent polls). Most companies require that the therapy is done by a qualified veterinarian, which Dr. Krista is of course.

Please contact your insurance company to see if your pet is covered!

  • 24 Pet Watch Insurance
  • VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance)
  • Trupanion
  • ASPCA Pet Insurance
  • Embrace Pet Insurance
  • Healthy Paws Pet Insurance

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