Surgical Laser and Therapy Laser

Surgical Laser

What is a laser?puppy

A laser is a device that produces an extremely powerful and concentrated beam of light. In fact, our surgical laser creates a beam that is even more powerful than a similarly-sized beam leaving the surface of the sun.

Years of experience in veterinary and human medicine went into the design of our laser, which was made specifically to provide superior care for pets. 

How does it work?

The laser has the unique ability to vaporize or "erase" tissue. The laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue. The laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser seals nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after surgery. Not only does the laser kill any bacteria in its path, it also seals the lymphatics, so there is much less swelling post-operatively.

Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo is proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Surgical lasers, and more recently therapeutic lasers, have benefitted human patients for years. Now your pet of any species can benefit, too.

  • Less pain swelling, and discomfort after surgery
  • The ability to resume normal activities sooner
  • May reduce the amount of anesthesia for some surgeries.
  • Faster Healing
  • Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo has made this substantial investment in order to offer you the best possible healthcare for your pet!

Better for your pet, and easier for you!

  • Less pain and swelling promote a quicker recovery
  • Less bleeding simplifies surgery and may reduce the need for anesthesia
  • Sanitizing effect of the laser beam reduces the risk of infection
  • Less trauma for your pet

Is laser surgery appropriate for my pet?

A laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on cats, dogs, birds, and other animals. Our doctors will be able to tell you if your pet is a candidate for laser surgery, and will help you decide if this is the best treatment option for your pet.

Laser Therapy and Pets


  • Non-surgical, non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No sedation required
  • No adverse effects
  • Quick and convenient
  • Immediate results
  • FDA-approved since 2005
  • works synergistically with pain medications

What to Expect

No sedation is required for your pet's laser therapy treatments, which often have a calming effect on our patients. Depending on the condition being treated,most pets exhibit improvement within 12 to 24 hours. For most conditions we recommend a series of treatments, each lasting only about five to fifteen minutes.  Some treatments take a little longer, depending on the size of the area being treated.

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

...we saw an improvement almost immediately. Where Ruby would have noticeable walking problems about once a week, even to the point of using the wall to help her walk, we have not seen this since. We used to have to help her up steps by supporting her from behind. Now she bounds up the steps with no problem. She also rises from a sleeping position much easier than before treatment.  If we took her on too long of a walk she would pay for it for a couple of days but now can go further with no consequences. All in all I find the Laser Therapy to be a wonderful option in treating Ruby Dee's spinal problem.  I have in fact recommended it to people who have asked about her health. I hope everyone who has a dog with physical problems try this fantastic treatment." (T.A.)

Laser Therapy

Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo is proud to offer Class IV laser therapy to our clients as an effective treatment for many cases of acute and chronic pain, inflammation and wound healing. Laser therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatement modalities, and has the benefit of being a drug-free, non-surgical, safe means and providing lasting pain relief.

Laser Therapy uses light to penetrate tissue in a process called photobiostimulation. 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 direct effect on nerve cells, including suppression of receptors that send pain signals to the brain. It also increases production of endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body's "natural pain-killers."

Pain Relief - Laser therapy stimulates activity within cells, resulting increased oxygen, increased production of the energy molecule ATP(adenosine-triphosphate), and increased enzyme production. These actions help tissue to heal more quickly and reduce the formation of scar tissue. Surgical incisions and other injuries benefit from treatment with laser therapy.

Laser therapy has been used in the United States 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 us if your pet might benefit from this affordable, non-invasive, drug-free technology. Your pet will be glad you did!

Benefits Of Laser Therapy

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

What our clients say:

"Our cat Puck, who’ll turn 20 this year and has chronic pain, is jumping up to her favorite perches, is more talkative and chatty, and just more interactive with us.  She eats extra food, and spends less time in bed.  Plus, we like the fact that there are no side effects with the laser."  (J.S.) 

"Our Bernese Mountain Dog Walter has come for the laser treatments.  He's only two years old, but was moving and acting like a geriatric.  He's a new dog!   He has actually been able to get up on his hind legs to play with Murray, our other Berner. Walter could be a poster child for the Class IV laser!"     (K.C., Lakeland, MN)

"Just one laser treatment made a huge difference for Daisy, our 15 year old arthritic kitty. She promptly walked around the whole house, joyfully talking, and now, several  treatments later, she seeks us out to play with her.   It’s so amazing to know that Daisy, an athletic spirited kitty in her youth, can again enjoy herself."  (E.W.)




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What does AAHA Accreditation mean?  We have been evaluated on over 900 standards of veterinary excellence and have been awarded this status - one that only 15% of veterinary hospitals attain!


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