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Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy in Des Moines

Our veterinary team in Des Moines uses cold laser therapy as a non-invasive, therapeutic treatment option for painful inflammatory conditions in cats, dogs, and exotic mammals. 

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What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser or LED (light-emitting diode) to help relieve your pet's pain, stimulate their healing and enhance their cell function. 

Several different conditions have been shown to improve with the use of cold laser therapy, including joint pain, muscle pain. arthritis symptoms and muscle spasms. 

Throughout the treatment process, the energy from the lasers increases your pet's circulation. This will naturally draw oxygen, water and nutrients to the affected area and encourage your pet's healing process. This process is often quite soothing and relaxing for pets as well.

Dog relieved from pain after cold laser therapy at Des Moines Veterinarians

The Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process

Cold laser therapy treatment involves the movement of a handheld laser wand back and forth over a part of your pet's body that has sustained an injury or is causing you health issues. 

Cold laser therapy will cause your pet to feel an enjoyable warm feeling in the area being treated, probably finding it soothing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital will generally last about 20 minutes. 

Your pet may feel improvements to their condition—usually reduced pain—after their very first treatment. Sometimes, it may take a bit longer for the effects of the treatment to be noticeable but this doesn't mean nothing is happening.

Uses for Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has a wide range of uses and is highly effective when used in conjunction with traditional medications and other veterinary treatments. 

Laser treatment for dogs and cats promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration, benefiting the following procedures and conditions:

  • Dental Procedures
  • Wounds
  • Bone Fractures
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Post-Surgical Recovery

Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Therapeutic laser treatments offer a wide range of benefits to your pet. When a pet receives low-intensity laser treatment, the specific wavelengths of the light prompt an alteration of the physiology of their tissues and cells.

  • Increases wound healing
  • Reduces inflammation and associated pain
  • Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
  • Increases blood perfusion
  • Enhances neovascularization
  • Encourages bone healing
  • Reduces edema (swelling)

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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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