What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is an innovative therapeutic treatment that has grown in popularity recently as veterinarians have discovered its usefulness in aiding pets that have sustained injuries causing pain.
Our vets are passionate about providing the highest quality treatment for your pet and laser therapy provides a safe, non-invasive, and effective way of alleviating pain and encouraging your pet's return to their normal, healthy selves.
Pet laser therapy can be used as a treatment for a variety of conditions and injuries. These include joint and muscle pain, muscle spasms and the symptoms of arthritis.
The Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Laser therapy treatment involves the movement of a handheld laser wand back and forth over the part of your pet's body that is experiencing pain or discomfort.
During treatment, your pet will feel warm and relaxed and will likely find it enjoyable. Laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes.
The frequency and number of visits that your pet requires will be dependent on their condition and their vet recommendations.
What are cold lasers?
Cold laser therapy for dogs and cats uses a light-emitting diode (also known as an LED) or a low-intensity laser (also known as a cold laser) to enhance and stimulate cell growth, improve healing and relieve pain in your pet.
The kind of light emitted by a laser determines the depth of tissue it affects.
The higher the wavelength (green, blue or purple colored light), the deeper into your pet's body the laser penetrates. Likewise, the lower wavelengths of light (like red) will be absorbed by your pet's skin.
We will tailor the specific wavelength of light used during your pet's laser therapy to their unique case. In this way, we can target your pet's discomfort and best help them recover.
Uses for Veterinary Laser Therapy
Veterinary laser therapy for dogs and cats has a wide range of uses and is highly effective when used in conjunction with traditional medications and other veterinary treatments.
Laser therapy promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration which may benefit the following conditions:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Post-Surgical Recovery
- Degenerative Joint Disease
Benefits of Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy
Therapeutic laser treatments offer a wide range of benefits to your pet. When a pet receives low-intensity laser treatment, the specific wavelengths of the light prompt an alteration of the physiology of their tissues and cells.
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Increases wound healing
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Encourages bone healing
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism