What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy for dogs and cats uses a low-intensity laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, and improve healing.
These laser treatments use light waves of a specific wavelength to cause an alteration of cellular and tissue physiology. Light absorbed by the cell's components stimulates electrons and encourages the cells to promote growth, proliferation, migration, and repair.
Different laser beams reach different cells and promote healing in different ways. Lasers with lower wavelengths are absorbed by superficial tissue, such as the skin, whereas beams of higher wavelengths (such as red or near-infrared) penetrate deeper to muscles and bones.
How Laser Treatments Work at Our Pittsboro Vet Hospital
Cold laser treatment sessions typically last 15 to 30 minutes each. The number of sessions recommended for your pet will depend upon the type and severity of your pet's condition.
Uses for Laser Therapy
Laser therapy encourages cell regeneration and increases circulation, benefiting the following conditions and procedures:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Post-Surgical Recovery
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
- Increases wound healing
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Encourages bone healing