Learn all about cold laser therapy for dogs and how it can help relieve pain and heal tissues. Our veterinarians in Burlington and Bellingham provide detailed information on this non-invasive treatment, including what it involves and what to expect.
What is cold laser therapy for dogs?
Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, uses focused light to increase blood circulation and stimulate cell regeneration. It is a safe and effective option for treating inflammatory conditions, soft tissue and tendon injuries, arthritis, and wound healing. Cold laser therapy can provide pets with an improved outcome when used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.
Does cold laser therapy work on dogs?
Yes. Laser therapy for pets has been deemed safe and effective by the veterinary industry. It can be used to treat a variety of diseases, injuries, and conditions, including tissue injuries (such as 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?
If the veterinarian performing laser therapy is well-trained and experienced, your dog should not experience any pain during the treatment. The handheld laser wand used by the veterinarian products as a shooting sensation that posts pets find relaxing.
However, during the therapy, all vets, staff, and patients must wear protective goggles to prevent permanent damage to the eye's retina.
How often should my dog get 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.
How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?
Our veterinarian should recommend the frequency of cold laser therapy treatments for your dog for best results, as the effects of the therapy are cumulative over time.
The length of each therapy session varies depending on the area being treated and the amount of energy being delivered through the laser. Usually, a 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.