PulseVet Shock Wave therapy for dogs and cats

Backed by over 15 years of research, PulseVet Shock Wave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate and speed your pet’s healing process, resulting in long-lasting relief from pain and inflammation.

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What can PulseVet Shock Wave treat in dogs and cats?

PulseVet Shock Wave Therapy is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This therapy treats a variety of common canine and feline issues, including:

Broken Bones

PulseVet Shock Wave accelerates cellular bone production at the injury site for faster and more complete bone healing.

PulseVet Benefits
  • Stimulating proteins increase cellular bone production for faster bone healing
  • Reduces inflammation, decreasing lameness and pain
  • Improves patient outcomes and recovery when used in conjunction with TPLO surgery


Conventional treatments for wounds including antibiotics, topical steroids, and bandages may not offer sufficient pain relief and may take months, if not years to properly heal. PulseVet is proven to speed wound healing, limiting the likelihood of the wound becoming chronic.

PulseVet Benefits
  • Results in treating Lick Granulomas typically seen within 2 treatments
  • Promotes antibacterial effects for wounds to help fight infections1


While many daily medications do not offer sufficient relief from OA and can cause side effects, PulseVet slows down the disease progression, resolving lameness for 6-12 months on average – after just 1-2 treatments.
PulseVet Benefits
  • Reduces inflammation, decreasing lameness and pain
  • Slows the progression of the degenerative disease within the joint
  • Improves mobility and quality of life
  • Helps reduce the need of daily dosed medications

Sprains & Strains

Common injuries in dogs, sprains and strains can take a long time to heal, with months of rehabilitation and limited activity required. PulseVet provides a viable, safe alternative to surgery for many pets, requiring only 3 treatments spaced 2-3 weeks apart.
PulseVet Benefits
  • Improves speed of healing
  • Improves the quality of tissue repair
  • Reduces Inflammation, decreasing lameness and pain
1Gerdesmeyer L, et al. Antibacterial Effects of Extracorporeal Shock Waves. Ultrasound in Med & Biol. 2005;31:115-119.

What to expect

Noninvasive: There is no cutting or surgery involved, so there is no risk of infection or complications.
Effective: Studies prove PulseVet Shock Wave effectively treats a variety of conditions.
Safe:PulseVet Shock Wave is a safe, drug-free treatment for dogs and cats.
Comfortable: The treatments are well-tolerated and do not require sedation.
Administered by veterinary professionals, PulseVet Shock Wave treatments typically takes less than 5 minutes. Depending on the disease or injury, your pet may require 1-3 treatments, 2-3 weeks apart. You may notice immediate improvement, but it is important to allow time for healing. Keep exercise and high-impact activity to a minimum in the days following treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Referred to as “shock wave” for more than a decade now, the PulseVet technology uses high-energy sound waves – called pulses or shock waves – to stimulate and speed the body’s own healing process. These sound waves release higher energy and result in deeper penetration than an ultrasound or laser. The waves travel through soft tissue at different depths to a specific treatment area and begin healing.

The high-energy sound waves stimulate cells and release healing growth factors in the body that reduce inflammation and swelling, increase blood flow, and help bones and wounds heal.

It takes time for the biological responses in the body to take effect and begin healing. Your pet should not take part in any strenuous or high-impact activity during this period, even if it appears it is feeling better. The healing is not complete, so give your pet some rest. Many times 1 treatment is sufficient for long-term healing. However, your vet may recommend a second or third treatment a few weeks apart, depending on the indication.

Yes. Shock Wave, or high-energy sound wave therapy, is vastly different from laser therapy:
Shock wave uses SOUND, whereas laser uses LIGHT energy.
Shock wave is FDA-approved and backed by more than 10 years of veterinary and human medicine research.
Please ask your doctors for studies to back up the treatment you are considering!
Shock wave creates a higher-energy output and penetrates deeper than a laser can. Lasers are most beneficial for superficial indications that require a few millimeters in depth.
1-3 treatments provide long-lasting healing with shock wave, whereas lasers require 10-15 treatments for any given injury, and the healing has not been studied or proven to last long-term.
There is no risk of burns with sound energy like with laser therapy, and no protective glasses are needed. In fact, no adverse effects have been reported with shock wave.
Shock wave healing is an affordable alternative to surgery, as well as long-term use of anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals. It requires significantly fewer treatments than other modalities. One treatment ranges from $250-350, which may or may not include sedation and other tests/exams the veterinarian performs for effectively diagnosing the injury before treatment.
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“Diesel is now able to play and go for walks and some days he overdoes it trying to keep up with the puppy, but he’s happy! He is pain-free! He can be a dog again…”

K. Dietz, Dog Owner in Wisconsin

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Dr. Jennifer Vitucci, DVM, CCRT

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