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Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy For Dogs

Cold laser therapy allows for the pain-free and non-invasive treatment of your beloved companion. In this post, our Des Moines vets share some valuable information about cold laser therapy for dogs and how this special veterinary treatment can help them heal.

Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy For Dogs

Cold laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) uses focused light to increase blood circulation and stimulate the regeneration of cells.

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

How does cold laser treatment help dogs?

Pet laser therapy is considered safe and effective by the veterinary industry. It effectively treats diseases, injuries, and conditions like tissue injuries (strains and sprains) and arthritis.

We frequently incorporate it as a complement to other treatment options, enhancing the overall outcome for our beloved animal patients.

Cold laser therapy offers several benefits:

  • 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 in order to properly complete treatment.

What are some common conditions that cold laser therapy can help treat?

There are many conditions and symptoms that veterinary laser therapy can help with, including:

  • 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 and 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

Will my dog feel the laser while receiving treatment using veterinary cold lasers?

If the veterinarian is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and performs the treatment correctly, your dog should not experience any pain.

Based on our experience, when the vet uses a handheld laser wand to gently move over injured tissue, it creates a pleasant sensation that most pets find soothing and relaxing.

Protective goggles are required for all veterinary staff and patients during a session. Laser beams directed at an eye can cause 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.

How long will veterinary cold laser therapy benefit my dog?

How long veterinary cold laser therapy can benefit dogs depends on the specific condition being treated. In general, most dogs experience relief from symptoms after just a few sessions, with the effects lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. 

However, for chronic conditions or ongoing pain management, regular sessions may be necessary to continue seeing benefits over the long term.

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.

Are you interested in learning more about cold laser therapy? Book an appointment today.

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Des Moines Veterinary Hospital welcomes cats, dogs, fish, small mammals, and their owners to our clinic! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Des Moines companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's appointment.

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