At our Memphis animal hospital, we use cold laser therapy as a drug-free, non-invasive option for treating painful and inflammatory conditions in cats and dogs.
How does cold laser therapy work?
Lasers direct a concentrated beam of light through the skin’s surface, releasing natural pain killers, producing the energy required for proper cell function, activating cells to 'clean up' inflammation damage, suppressing processes that cause damage, activating tissue repair and cell growth, and increasing circulation.
If your pet is recovering from an injury or trauma, or suffering from pain or discomfort related to aging, he or she may benefit from cold laser treatment.
Cold Laser Therapy at Our Animal Hospital
What are the benefits of laser therapy?
The main benefits of cold laser therapy are that it is a non-invasive, quick and easy-to-administer treatment alternative. Depending on the condition and your pet's needs, it can also help reduce the need for surgery or drugs.
Many of our clients feel very moved by the cold laser therapy treatment process. Nothing beats the feeling of watching a beloved pet's pain being soothed and reduced without the discomfort and long recovery that often comes with other treatments.
What can laser therapy treat?
Cold laser therapy can help with the following procedures, diseases and conditions:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
FAQs About Laser Therapy
- How long does cold laser treatment last?
A single laser treatment session usually lasts between 5 and 20 minutes, and most patients need between 8 and 15 treatments to see full results.
While pain may be relieved in fewer treatments, the condition may require more treatments to be fully healed.
- What kinds of conditions can lasers treat?
Laser therapy is commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Degenerative disc disease
- Will my pet experience any side effects?
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option, meaning the risk of side effects is less than with other types of intervention.
It is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.
- I think my pet is in pain. Can laser therapy help?
Most vets consider cold laser treatments to be an excellent way to provide low-stress pain relief for pets with certain conditions. To find out if cold laser therapy is right for your pet's condition, contact our office to book an appointment.
Cold laser therapy reduces inflammation (and thus pain) through vasodilation (opening of blood vessels), and by activating the lymphatic drainage system to draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which, in turn, reduces pain.
Lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, which helps to decrease nerve sensitivity.
- Can laser therapy help with arthritis in pets?
Vets often use cold laser therapy to help reduce arthritis pain in pets.
This noninvasive procedure uses light to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation, reducing pain signals and nerve sensitivity. It also releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers.