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What Medical Conditions Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat In Dogs

Along with traditional medicine, integrative therapies can help to enhance pain relief and improve healing speed. In this post, our South Plainfield vets talk about cold laser therapy for dogs, what it is, the main benefits, and other useful information on treatment using this technique.

What is cold laser therapy for dogs?

Cold laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) is a therapeutic treatment that has become increasingly popular for helping pets recover from injury and illness. 

This non-invasive, drug-free treatment is commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions. More recently, it has been used with traditional medical treatments to treat soft tissue or tendon injuries and arthritis. It can also be used to encourage wound healing.

What are the benefits of cold laser treatments for dogs?

Cold laser therapy is often used for dogs in conjunction with a standard treatment plan. Some of the benefits of this treatment are:

  • Enhanced circulation
  • Allowing the muscles to relax
  • Decreased nerve sensitivity
  • Reduced pain and swelling
  • The release of endorphins (hormones)
  • May speed up the healing process

In addition, laser therapy does not have any known side effects and sedation is not required. You also don't need to worry about your pet missing any fur as cold laser therapy doesn't require the removal of fur to properly complete treatment.

When is cold laser therapy recommended?

Cold laser therapy promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration, benefiting the following procedures and conditions:

  • Strains or sprains
  • Wounds
  • Bone fractures
  • Inflammation
  • Dental procedures
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Lick granuloma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Additionally, some pets are unable to undergo the traditional method of treatment and may benefit from veterinary cold laser therapy. This includes:

  • 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 cold laser therapy painful for dogs?

Veterinarians performing the treatment are well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and when performed correctly, there should be no pain involved for your dog.

In our experience, when the vet waves a handheld laser wand back and forth over injured tissue, this produces a pleasant sensation that many pets find soothing or relaxing.

Will my dog need more than one session of cold laser therapy?

The effects of cold laser treatments for dogs are cumulative. This means that to achieve optimal results, treatments should be completed as a series. The frequency of visits will be recommended by your veterinarian.

How long is a cold laser therapy session?

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.

Before treatment, we will perform a complete 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.

Does your dog have a condition that may benefit from integrative therapies including cold laser? Contact our veterinary team today to schedule an appointment.

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