A Solution to Pain: Cold Laser Therapy for Pets
For a pet who suffers from chronic pain, or who has recently undergone a surgery, helping them recover quickly is something most pet owners want. The other thing pet owners want is a treatment that can expedite recovery without invasive therapies or ongoing pharmaceuticals. What if we told you there is a great solution that is both noninvasive and effective?
Companion laser therapy for pets has been around for the past few decades, and it has gained in popularity and ability. Laser therapy has proven to be advantageous in helping a number of conditions affecting pets. To learn more, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to explain.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser is also referred to as Class IV Laser Therapy. A laser is an acronym for Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It consists of a concentrated, yet low-level light that is emitted from the laser to the affected site. Whereas an infrared laser can penetrate to a depth of two inches, a cold laser is localized to the skin’s surface without harming the tissues.
Before a laser session, your veterinarian will explain the process and develop a plan to treat your pet’s specific problem. The cold laser is a hand-held device that is used at a 5-10 minute duration. You can stay with your pet during the session and everyone, including your pet, will be given protective goggles to wear. Most pets find the treatment relaxing, as the laser feels warm on the skin.
As the laser is applied, the blood vessels open and blood flow is increased to the applied site. As blood flows in, new cells are generated, encouraging healing. During the session, the laser also desenstivites the area it is being used on, therefore decreasing sensitivity to any pain in that specific area. During the session, the warmth of the laser releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relief. In some ways, the biological outcome of the use of cold laser therapy for pets mimics the effects of anti-inflammatories.
What Conditions Can It Treat?
Pet laser therapy can be used for several injuries and conditions. These include:
- Post-surgical healing
- Cranial cruciate ligament rupture and other muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries
- Ear infection
- Degenerative disc disease
- Back pain
- Hot spots and open wounds
The list continues to grow as new lasers without various capabilities are developed. The wonderful aspect of cold laser therapy is that it can be safely used in conjunction with traditional therapies. Laser therapy can complement medications, physical therapy, and surgery as a way to accelerate the healing process.
More Information About Laser Therapy for Pets
The advantages of cold laser therapy for pets is best seen through the decreased time to heal from surgery, injuries, and strains, to the ongoing alleviation of chronic pain. Our belief is that through the use of laser therapy and other modalities, our pets will experience a much better quality of health and well-being.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to call our team. We’d love to tell you all about the services that benefit our adorable pet patients.
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