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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 bits of 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) can help to improve both the flow of blood and cell regeneration.

This non-invasive, drug-free treatment is 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?

Yes. The veterinary industry has deemed pet laser therapy safe and effective. It can effectively treat diseases, injuries, and conditions such as tissue injuries (strains and sprains) and arthritis.

Cold laser therapy is used for dogs as a supplement to their standard treatment plan.

Some of the benefits that cold laser therapy offers are:

  • 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

In addition, laser therapy does not have any negative side effects and no sedation is 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.

What conditions can cold laser therapy treat in dogs?

Some of the conditions that a vet may use cold laser therapy for are:

  • 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 cold laser therapy painful for dogs?

Provided the veterinarian performing the treatment is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and the treatment is 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 most pets find soothing or relaxing.

During a session, all veterinary staff and patients must wear protective goggles, as laser beams directed at an eye are capable of causing permanent damage to both human and canine retinas.

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

Over time, the effects of cold laser therapy are cumulative. For best results, treatments should be completed at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian.

Is cold laser treatment a long-term option for dogs?

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.

Would you like to learn more about our integrative therapies including cold laser? Contact our veterinary team today to schedule an appointment.

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