Therapy Laser

Congratulations Claire! Claire is now a Certified Veterinary Laser Therapist. Claire will be using the laser to treat pain, inflammation and infection. Call to schedule your pets’ physical exam to determine if the laser is right for them.


North Mankato Animal Hospital is proud to offer class IV laser therapy to our clients as a safe and effective treatment for cases of acute and chronic pain, inflammation and wound healing. Laser therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with treatment modalities, and has the benefit of being a drug free, non-surgical, safe means of providing lasting pain relief.

Laser therapy has been used in the US to treat humans for everything from sports injuries to rheumatoid arthritis. We are excited to provide this advanced technology to our canine and feline patients. Ask if your pet might benefit from this affordable, non-invasive, drug- free technology. Your pet will be glad you did!

Laser therapy uses light to penetrate tissue in a process called photostimulation. Laser therapy uses light energy to heal the body from within on a cellular level. Photons of light are gently streamed over the affected area. Studies have shown many clinical benefits including:

Reduced inflammation

  • Laser therapy dilates the blood vessels and stimulates lymphatic circulation, helping to reduce inflammation.

Pain relief

  • Laser therapy provides pain- killing or analgesic effects. It has a direct effect on nerve cells, including suppression of receptors that send pain signals to the brain. It also increases production of endorphins and enkephlins, which are natural pain-killers.
  • Laser therapy stimulates activity within cells, resulting in increased oxygen, increased production of the energy molecule ATP(adenosine-triphosphate), and increased enzyme proction. These actions help tissue to heal more quickly and reduce the formation of scar tissue. Surgical incisions and other and other injuries benefit from treatment with laser therapy.

Laser Therapy and Pets

  • Non-surgical, non- invasive
  • FDA-Approved Since 2005
  • Drug Free
  • Works synergistically with pain medications
  • No Sedation required
  • No Adverse Effects
  • Quick and convenient
  • Immediate Results

What To Expect

No sedation is required for your pet’s laser treatments, which often have a calming effect on our patients. Depending on the condition being treated, most pets exhibit improvement in 12-24 hours. For most conditions we recommend a series of treatments each lasting 5-15 minutes. Some treatments take longer depending on the size of the area being treated.

Laser Therapy is particularly beneficial to cats who are sensitive to anti-inflammatories!

Benefits Of Laser Therapy

  • Wound healing(including immediate post-surgery)
  • Degenerative Joint Disease(Arthritis)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Back Pain
  • Acute and Chronic Otitis
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament damage
  • Anal Gland Inflammation
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease(dental Problems)
  • Lower Urinary Tract Disease
  • Accelerates Fracture Healing