Cold laser therapy can often be used as a supplemental treatment to repair tissues and relieve pain for your pet. In this post, our Corpus Christi vets explain the ins and outs of the treatment, what’s involved, and some conditions it can help with.
What is cold laser therapy?
Let's start with a definition of cold laser therapy. Cold laser therapy (also known as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) employs concentrated light to increase blood circulation and stimulate cell regeneration.
This drug-free, non-invasive treatment is used to treat inflammatory conditions. It has recently been used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments to treat soft tissue or tendon injuries, as well as arthritis. It can also help to speed up wound healing.
Pet laser therapy has been deemed safe and effective by the veterinary industry. It is an effective treatment for a variety of diseases, injuries, and conditions, including tissue injuries (including strains and sprains) and arthritis.
We often use it to supplement other treatment options to give our pet patients an improved outcome.
As for benefits, laser therapy can:
- Enhance circulation
- Decrease nerve sensitivity
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Speed the healing process
In addition, laser therapy does not have any negative side effects and no sedation is required. We also do not need to clip or shave the area being treated.
What can cold laser therapy help treat?
Below is a list of some conditions cold laser therapy can help to treat.
Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Injuries
Cold laser therapy, particularly for arthritis, is a versatile treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and joint inflammation. It alleviates inflammation and bruising while improving joint mobility.
Arthritis is characterized by a loss of cartilage in the joint cavity, resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness. Cold laser therapy has shown significant results in the treatment of arthritis by regenerating lost cartilage, repairing damaged cells, and gradually improving joint strength over time.
The energy absorbed by your pet's tissues causes physiological and biochemical reactions that increase circulation, promote cellular growth, and restore balance for tissue healing. This results in tissue repair, regeneration, reduced inflammation, and pain relief.
Because laser therapy is good for wound healing, it can also be good for post-surgical recovery. Laser therapy as a post-surgery treatment can reduce scar tissue formation, inflammation, and increase range of motion, resulting in a faster recovery and improved physical therapy (if that's part of your pet's recovery plan) effectiveness.
Laser therapy can be used to treat some skin conditions, such as skin lesions. In this case, the laser therapy will produce to an increase in healthy cells to treat your pet's lesions. The process also promotes healing by increasing production of collagen, which can assist in preventing scarring.
Does Laser therapy hurt dogs?
There should be no pain for your dog if the veterinarian performing the treatment is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy.
In fact, when the vet waves a handheld laser wand back and forth over injured tissue, we've noticed that it produces a pleasant sensation that most pets find soothing or relaxing.
All veterinary staff and patients must wear protective goggles during a session, as laser beams directed at the eye can cause permanent damage to both human and canine retinas.
How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?
The length of sessions varies depending on the area being treated and how much energy is being delivered through the laser. A typical laser therapy session lasts between 5 and 20 minutes.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.