Cold Laser Therapy is used to stimulate the natural healing process so that your pet recovers quickly from an injury, planned surgery, or a general health problem. The laser works by stimulating your pet’s body to produce a naturally-occurring substance called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
What Is Cold Laser Therapy and How Does it Work?
Lasers have been used since the 1960s to treat medical conditions in humans. There are many different types of lasers available on the market today, but only some are approved for veterinary use. As more robust studies have been carried out, interest in therapeutic lasers for treating various conditions has grown dramatically. The fact that Sierra Veterinary Hospital has invested in a cold laser shows that we are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients.
Cold laser therapy is a scientific method of stimulating your pet’s own natural healing response. Low-level lasers have been shown to increase production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the energy source that cells use to grow, multiply and repair damage.
What Are the Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy and What Conditions Can it Treat?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses focused light of a specific wavelength or frequency to stimulate and enhance tissue healing. The laser does not burn or injure the tissue; instead it stimulates nerve cells that block pain receptors and increase blood flow and cell metabolism for faster healing.
Laser therapy can be used to treat a number of medical conditions in pets, including abscesses, abrasions, arthritis and joint pain, broken bones, dental pain, ear infections, sprains, strains, and other wounds. It can also reduce swelling for extremely active dogs or those who have just undergone surgery.
Are There Risks to Cold Laser Therapy and How Long Does Treatment Take?
The intensity of the non-invasive laser is low enough that it is completely safe for your pet; however, it will need to be applied several times over several weeks for full effect. Any healing process can take time depending on the degree of injury or condition involved. Your pet’s response to laser therapy will vary depending on its age, overall health condition, and the severity of the problem being treated; however, you should see some improvement after just one treatment.
Cold laser therapy is an effective alternative treatment option for a wide range of pet health conditions. It is a quick, non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to stimulate natural healing in your pet, making it a great option for both acute and chronic pain, as well as other health issues. If you would like more information on cold laser therapy and how it could help your pet, our doctors and staff at Sierra Veterinary Hospital are happy to schedule an appointment for you.