Veterinary cold laser therapy can be used to promote healing for a variety of conditions. We use a class IV veterinary laser that is fully mobile. Cold laser therapy is non-invasive and most animals do not mind having laser therapy applied - most actually enjoy it. Cold laser can be used on any species of animal. If your animal has a health issue that you think may benefit from laser, or if you have any questions at all, give us a call or send us an email - all our info can be found on the contact us page.
How Does Cold Laser Work?
Cold laser therapy uses the energy from light (photons) to promote cellular healing. The head of the laser emits light. When the light interacts with cells in the body, the photons contained in the light beam cause mitochondria within the cell to produce ATP, which is the building block of life. The ATP then allows cells to heal. The photons also promote oxygen to bind on the cellular level. Increased oxygen binding leads to more blood flow, which also aids in healing. In the end, the area where the laser therapy was performed receives more blood flow and cellular repair. The final result is promotion of healing and pain relief.
What Can Cold Laser Be Used For?
Cold laser can be used for a wide range of conditions. Because the goal is promote healing and stimulate blood flow, laser therapy can be used for many things. Below is a list of some examples.
- ear infections
- saddle soreness
- back pain
- post surgery therapy
- skin infections
What Does Cold Laser Therapy Entail?
Initially, your pet will need an examination for the condition. While laser therapy can be used a sole treatment, we need to make sure we go over all the options for the condition before hand. The doctor will then tailor a therapy plan for your animal. Typical sessions last 20-30 minutes. During this time we will address your animal's health issue or issues. Your animal will be with you the entire time. The light comes out of a small glass probe. The laser is then used in a painting motion over the area of issue. Your animal will feel a small amount of warm heat from the laser. It is non painful and most animals fall asleep during treatment. Laser therapy frequency differs for each condition. The doctor will discuss their recommendation for how often the laser therapy should be done at time of initial consultation.
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