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What Is Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy?

Veterinary cold laser therapy is a modern technique used to reduce pain and support the healing process of pets. In this article, our Louisa veterinarians will discuss the benefits of cold laser therapy for pets.

Cold Laser Therapy for Cats & Dogs

Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, is a treatment that uses concentrated light to enhance blood circulation and promote cellular regeneration.

The therapy has gained popularity in recent years among veterinarians who have become aware of its potential benefits for cats and dogs.

Like acupuncture, massage therapy, and other alternative therapies, veterinarians can use laser therapy in combination with or instead of medication to help animals manage pain, inflammation, and wound healing.

The Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets

The veterinary industry has recognized pet laser therapy as a safe and effective treatment for various diseases, injuries, and conditions such as tissue injuries, strains, sprains, and arthritis.

Cold laser therapy provides multiple benefits that can help improve your pet's health and wellness.

  • Enhance circulation
  • Allowing the muscles to relax
  • Decrease nerve sensitivity
  • Vasodilation can increase blood flow, ultimately increasing oxygen and speeding up the healing
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • The release of endorphins
  • Speed the healing process

Veterinary laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment for animals, as it has no adverse side effects, and no sedation is needed.

Additionally, you don't need to worry about your pet missing any fur, as cold laser therapy for animals doesn't require fur removal to complete treatment properly.

Health Issues Cold Laser Therapy Can Treat

There are many conditions and symptoms that veterinary laser therapy can help with, including:

  • Chronic arthritis
  • Surgical incisions
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Traumatic injuries

You may have a pet that is unable to undergo the traditional method of treatment and, therefore, may benefit from veterinary cold laser therapy, such as:

  • Pets who suffer from liver disease are unable to take commonly used medications
  • Cats that are only able to use specific pain management medications
  • Exotic pets that may not be able to have medications administered normally
  • Older pets that are unable to be medicated due to decreased organ function

Is Veterinary Laser Therapy Harmful?

When performed by a trained veterinarian and the procedure is executed correctly, veterinary laser treatment should not cause your pet any discomfort. It is a pain-free and non-invasive process that pets may even find soothing.

The only possible concern for this procedure is the laser beam coming into contact with the eyes of the pet or even humans in the room, as it can cause permanent damage to the retinas of humans and animals. Everyone in the room, including your pet, will wear protective goggles to prevent this from happening.

How Long Will the Appointment Take?

Typically, a laser therapy session lasts 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the specific area we treat and the amount of energy we deliver through the laser.

Before starting the treatment, we will conduct a comprehensive physical examination and any essential X-rays to assess whether cold laser therapy is a suitable 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.

Are you wondering if your cat or dog could benefit from cold laser therapy? Contact our Louisa vets to schedule a consultation for your pet.

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