What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy for dogs and cats employs low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to alleviate pain, stimulate and improve cell function, and improve healing.
Several conditions, including muscle and joint pain, arthritis symptoms, and muscle spasms, have been shown to improve 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.
Because there are no medications involved in these therapeutic treatments, 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 Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Cold laser therapy treatment entails the back and forth movement of a handheld laser wand over the area of your pet's body that has been injured or is causing health problems.
The area being treated will feel pleasant and warm to your pet, and it will likely be relaxing. Our veterinary hospital's cold laser therapy sessions last about 20 minutes.
Each treatment is tailored to your pet's individual needs.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
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.
In a process known as photo biotherapy, laser therapy stimulates cells by emitting light. Phototherapy improves cell strength by promoting cell metabolism and protein synthesis.
It stimulates cells, which reduces pain signals to nerves, improves blood circulation, and releases endorphins.
How Cold Laser Therapy Feels
During laser treatment for dogs or cats, they will only feel a slight tingling around the treated area. Your pet will feel less inhibited by their ailment 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 require weekly sessions until they improve. Monthly maintenance may also be required.
When you choose laser therapy as your pet's treatment method, the veterinarian will discuss a regimen that will benefit your pet the most.
Uses for Laser Therapy
Laser therapy promotes cell regeneration and circulation, making it beneficial for 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
- Increases wound healing
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Encourages bone healing