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Class IV High Powered Laser Therapy for Pets Now in Chicago

Metropolitan Veterinary Center, located in the South Loop of Chicago, is proud to offer Class IV Therapeutic Laser therapy as part of our “Pet Pain Management Center”.  Class IV K-Laser Therapy is an FDA cleared therapeutic treatment that manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration. 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.

Drug Free, Surgery Free, Pain Free

Metropolitan Veterinary Center chose the K-Laser Class IV therapeutic lasers due to it’s power and ability to deliver 4 different wavelengths including specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light.  These wavelengths induce photochemical reactions and therapeutic effects.  Physiological effects include increased circulation, reduced inflammation, pain reduction and enhanced tissue healing. Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970s and was cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005.

Positive effects of Laser Therapy used in our South Loop, Chicago, “Pet Pain Management Center”:
  • Improves and Promotes Healing
  • Reduces Pain and Muscle Spasm
  • Increases Joint Flexibility
  • Improves Peripheral Microcirculation
  • Detoxifies and Eliminates Trigger Points/muscle taut bands/muscle spasms
  • Advanced Pain Relief

Benefits of our Multi-Wavelength, Class IV Laser Therapy Unit to Our Patients:

  • Faster Patient Recovery
  • Deep Penetration Delivers More Laser Energy to the Target Tissues
  • Faster Treatment Times
  • Effective Treatment in 3-8 Minutes per site
  • Faster Patient Recovery Time


Studies show Laser Therapy helps reduce pain associated with these common veterinary conditions:

Laser Therapy helps reduce pain associated with many common veterinary conditions

Pain relief from laser therapy may be dramatic and substantial, lasting for hours, days or weeks. However, in rare cases, a pet’s results may be minimal or insignificant.

Adverse effects from laser therapy are normally rare and temporary. Adverse effects of laser therapy may occur from multiple causes including hypersensitivity, preexisting health conditions, thermal effects, excessive pressure from the probe, and laser over-stimulation. Laser light can damage the retina in your eye. Always wear the laser protective glasses provided.

The most common adverse effects are:

  1. Temporary increase in pain during application of laser.
  2. Temporary increase in pain the following day after laser therapy.
  3. Mild bruising from vasodilation or direct pressure of laser tip.
  4. Temporary dizziness.
  5. Reactions when photosensitizing drugs are used with laser therapy.

Prior to your first visit, please download the following form: INFORMED CONSENT FOR INFRARED LASER THERAPY.

You may email the completed form to us at

How many treatment sessions will my pet need?

The number of K-Laser sessions you will need depends on the nature and duration of your pet’s condition, and other factors. Some acute conditions will respond in 6 or fewer sessions, whereas chronic conditions may take 15 or more treatments. Some chronic conditions require ongoing care to sustain pain relief and functionality.

A common treatment plan is:

  • Acute: twice a week for 6 treatments
  • Chronic: 3x a week first week
    • 2x a week second week
    • 1x a week for week 3,4, and 5.
    • Followed by maintenance treatment when needed
  • For some conditions, daily treatments will be recommended to start, then decreasing doses.

How long do the treatments take?

The typical treatment is 4 to 8 minutes per locationHow long do the treatments take?, depending on the size of the area being treated.  So, if there are 3 areas that require treatment, this would take approximately 12-24 minutes.

What does it feel like to get a treatment?

Most patients describe it as a very soothing, warm sensation. Since the K-Laser is a high-powered therapy laser, your pet’s skin will get warm during the treatment. Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain on the first visit. Occasionally, patients will feel slightly more pain immediately after the treatment – and then feel much better the next day.

How will my pet feel after the treatment?

Your pet may feel pain relief after just the first treatment. For other patients, it takes a while longer. Most patients report feeling very relaxed, or even tired. If you feel a lot less pain, keep in mind that pain reduction is just one goal. The K-Laser is giving your body’s cells more energy so they repair and regenerate new tissues. The effect of K-Laser therapy treatments is cumulative. You will be getting more benefit with successive treatments.

Do I need to take special precautions after my pet’s K-Laser treatment?

For the most part, no. Obviously you do not want to initially overexert and risk reinjury  Discuss this with your veterinarian.

My pet feels a lot better – but I still have sessions remaining on their K-Laser treatment package I bought. What should I do?

Pain relief is just one goal in your pet’s care. K-Laser treatments help the body’s repair and regeneration processes. Completing your pet’s K-Laser session package will further assist the healing processes. We suggest that you use all the treatments in the package, to ensure the most effective care possible. We do not offer refunds for packages not completed.

Why do I have to wear safety glasses when I am present for my Pet’s K-Laser treatment?

The K-Laser is a high-powered therapy laser. Laser light can be focused by the lens of your eye, and potentially cause damage to your retina. The safety glasses you wear specifically block out the wavelengths of light produced by the K-Laser.


Learn more about K-Laser Treatment here.