In this blog, our vets in Pittsboro will explain how cold laser therapy can help repair tissues and relieve pain in your dog, including what the treatment entails and what you can expect.
What is cold laser therapy for dogs?
Cold laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) uses focused light to increase blood circulation and stimulate the regeneration of cells.
This non-invasive, drug-free treatment is used to treat inflammatory conditions. More recently, it has been used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments to treat soft tissue or tendon injuries and arthritis. It can also be used to encourage wound healing.
Does cold laser therapy work on dogs?
Yes. The veterinary industry has deemed pet laser therapy safe and effective. It can effectively be used to treat diseases, injuries, and conditions such as tissue injuries (including strains and sprains) and arthritis.
We often use it to supplement other treatment options to improve our pet patients' outcomes.
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.
Does laser therapy hurt dogs?
Provided the veterinarian performing the treatment is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and the treatment is performed correctly, it shouldn't hurt your dog.
In fact, many pets find it soothing when the vet waves a handheld laser wand back and forth over injured tissue.
During laser therapy, everyone, including the staff patients, must wear protective goggles, as laser beams which can permanently damage retinas.
How often should my dog get cold laser therapy?
For best results, follow your veterinarian's recommended frequency for cold laser therapy sessions—the effect of this therapy builds up over time.
How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?
The duration of a laser therapy session depends on the treated area and energy levels. Typically, it lasts between 5 to 20 minutes.
Before treatment, we will perform a full physical exam, in addition to X-rays if required, to determine whether cold laser therapy is the right treatment option for your pet.
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.