What is Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy for dogs and cats employs low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to relieve pain, stimulate and improve cell function, and improve healing.
Conditions including muscle and joint pain, arthritis symptoms, and muscle spasms have shown improvement with the use of laser therapy.
Cold laser therapy for pets can be used as part of a multimodal treatment plan to help with pain management, inflammation reduction, and healing.
As these therapeutic treatments don't make use of medications, cold laser therapy can be used in conjunction with prescription medications and supplements as part of your pet's overall treatment plan without the risk of drug interactions.
The Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Cold laser therapy treatment consists of using a handheld laser wand over the area of your pet's body that has been injured or inflamed.
Your pet will feel a warm and pleasant sensation in the area being treated, and many patients even find it relaxing. Our veterinary hospital's cold laser therapy sessions last about 20 minutes.
Each treatment is tailored to your pet's individual needs.
How Does Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Depending on the issue being treated, the technician concentrates light over the affected tissue for periods ranging from 8 to 30 minutes during pet laser therapy.
Laser therapy uses photo biotherapy to stimulate cells by emitting light. Phototherapy improves cell strength by promoting cell metabolism and protein synthesis.
It stimulates cells, reduces pain, improves blood circulation, and releases endorphins (aka "feel-good" chemicals).
What Does Cold Laser Therapy Feel Like?
During laser treatment for dogs or cats, they will only feel a slight tingling around the treated area. Your pet should feel fewer effects from their injury or condition after each therapy session.
It is critical to remember that each pet's treatment plan is unique. While some pets experience relief after three sessions, others will need more treatment until they improve. Depending on your pet's needs, monthly maintenance may also be required.
When you choose laser therapy for your pet, the veterinarian will discuss a regimen that will benefit them the most.
Cold Laser Therapy Uses
This therapeutic treatment can help to encourage cell regeneration and circulation, which can benefit the following conditions and procedures:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy Benefits
- Increases wound healing
- Accelerates the metabolism of mitochondrial cells
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Reduces swelling
- Encourages bone healing