Cold laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment that we use at our Greensboro animal hospital for painful and inflammatory conditions in cats and dogs.Book An Appointment
At Guilford-Jamestown Veterinary Hospital, we use cold laser therapy as a non-surgical and drug-free treatment for inflammatory conditions in cats and dogs. It is typically undertaken in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.
If your pet has sustained an injury, undergone orthopedic surgery, or suffers from arthritis or other painful conditions, they may be a candidate for our veterinary laser therapy.
Cold laser therapy uses focused light to stimulate the tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The resulting biochemical effect promotes cellular energy and regeneration, resulting in pain relief, tissue repair, and better circulation.
Before treatment, we will perform a full physical exam, along with x-rays if necessary, in order to ascertain whether cold laser therapy is the right treatment choice for your pet. During the treatment session itself, the laser wand is applied to the area being treated for 5 to 20 minutes.
The effects of cold laser therapy are cumulative. Treatments should be done at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian for the best results.
Laser therapy has a variety of benefits for pets. This treatment can:
If performed correctly by a qualified vet using proper treatment durations and settings, laser therapy is safe and pain-free for your pet.
In fact, when the veterinarian waves a handheld laser wand back and forth slowly over injured tissue to allow the light energy to penetrate the tissue. We think this produces a pleasant, warm sensation that most pets seem to find soothing (similar to laser therapy treatment for humans).
During a treatment session, all patients and veterinary staff must wear protective goggles as laser beams directed at an eye can cause permanent damage to retinas. It’s critical that the veterinarian be qualified in administering treatment, as higher powered units may cause thermal burns to tissues if incorrectly used.
Pet Laser therapy is considered safe and effective in the veterinary industry, and can effectively treat a number of conditions, diseases, and injuries such from wounds to arthritis.
It is often recommended as a supplement to other treatment options to provide an improved outcome.
Along with massage therapy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies, laser therapy can be used to heal wounds and manage pain or inflammation in pets.
Laser therapy can be used to effectively and efficiently treat a wide range of conditions, including:
Laser therapy is especially useful for pets with liver disease who are not able to take medications, senior pets whose organs have limited function, exotic pets whose owners often have difficulty administering medication, and cats, who are limited in pain control medications they can take.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free options for treating a number of painful or inflammatory conditions that could affect your dog.
As for immediate effects, dogs tend to sleep during their sessions (they don’t even appear to mind wearing safety goggles). Any anxiety they may feel tends to dissipate. Sensations for dogs tend to range from none at all to a soothing warmth or tingling.
Laser therapy treatment has no known side effects, and is considered both safe and effective.
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