What if we told you there was a painless, non-invasive, drug-free, and relatively inexpensive way to treat your dog’s joint problems like arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, surgical wounds, and several other conditions that they might even enjoy? Cold laser therapy is here. In the United States, using Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) on dogs is still seen as a bit “out there,” but more and more vets see success with it. CLT could be what your dog needs to feel better and heal faster. It can help reduce inflammation, ease chronic or sudden pain, and speed up healing.
How does CLT function?
“LASER” is shortened to mean “Light Amplification Stimulated Emission of Radiation” People often think of lasers as the hot beams they see in movies or the lasers used in surgery to cut through flesh. CLT lasers are “colder” because they have a shorter wavelength. This makes them good tools for therapy.
Laser therapy works by sending photons, or tiny particles of light, into the affected area’s tissue (in dogs and humans). Photobiomodulation is the process by which these photons change the way the mitochondria in cells work. Photobiomodulation makes ATP, which gives damaged cells the energy they need to work better and heal faster. This means that your dog will have less swelling and painful inflammatory treatment.
What are the advantages of CLT?
There are many benefits to CLT. Laser therapy works, it’s useful, and it’s not too expensive. The therapies don’t hurt the patient and don’t use drugs which work best for canine and avian veterinary care. They can also be used with other treatments. They also don’t hurt, and many pets like them because they calm them down and make them feel good.
Laser therapy reduces swelling, pain, and movement and speeds up the healing of cells. It helps make collagen, which speeds up the healing of wounds. It also speeds up the repair of tendons, cartilage, nerves, and bones and reduces swelling caused by injury or infection.
CLT can treat short-term issues like cuts or ear infections and long-term issues like arthritis. This is helpful because some older pets might not be able to take painkillers. It can also be added to medicines and other treatments to make them work better.
Will CLT cause pain in my dog?
Laser therapy doesn’t hurt at all and can be very relaxing for your dog. It’s so relaxing for many puppies that they fall asleep. CLT has very few or no bad effects. Aside from the good effects that many pet owners notice, like having more energy and being able to move around more, most pets don’t act any differently. Click here to learn more about emergency pet services.
When can I expect to see results?
Because laser therapy sessions have slow effects, I usually tell my clients not to expect a 180° change overnight. Even though the treatment might not work after the first session, the area usually starts to feel better 12 to 24 hours later. After the second week of treatment, you should be able to see big changes.
Laser therapy is safe when done right, with the right settings, and for the right amount of time. Tissues can be burned by high-powered units that are not used properly. Also, laser beams that hit the eye can cause permanent damage to the retina. So, during therapy, all patients and veterinary staff must wear goggles to protect their eyes.