What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Veterinary cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, and improve healing in cats and dogs.
A number of uncomfortable conditions have been shown to improve with the use of laser therapy including muscle and joint pain, arthritis symptoms, and muscle spasms.
How Laser Treatments Work at Our Vet Hospital
During your pet's laser therapy treatment, the veterinary professional will slowly move the laser wand back and forth over your pet's injured or painful area, producing a warm, pleasant sensation that most dogs and cats seem to enjoy and find relaxing.
Veterinary cold laser treatment sessions typically last 15 to 30 minutes each. The number of sessions recommended for your dog or cat will depend upon the type and severity of your pet's condition. Most vets recommend that chronic conditions be treated weekly, whereas surgical incisions and open wounds may benefit from daily treatments.
Uses for Laser Therapy
A number of conditions have been shown to improve with the use of laser therapy including muscle and joint pain, arthritis symptoms, and muscle spasms.
Laser therapy helps to encourage cell regeneration and increases circulation, benefiting the following conditions and procedures:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs & Cats
Cold laser treatments for dogs and cats can provide your pet with a number of healing benefits including:
- Increased wound healing
- Endorphin release
- Muscle relaxation
- Accelerated mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Decreased inflammation and associated pain
- Enhanced neovascularization
- Increased blood perfusion
- Reduced swelling
- Faster bone healing
Laser Therapy for Dogs & Other Treatments
Cold laser treatment for dogs at Advanced Veterinary Care can be used as part of a multimodal treatment plan to help manage pain, reduce inflammation and promote healing. Cold laser therapy does not involve medications which means that this non-invasive treatment can be used in conjunction with medications and supplements without the risk of drug interactions.
Whether your dog is being treated for pain using pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic methods, cold laser therapy may offer the relief your pet needs.