A Comprehensive Overview of Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

The use of lasers in human and veterinary medicine has revolutionized the industry. Laser therapy is a drug-free, non-surgical, non-invasive therapeutic option for various problems in veterinary medicine. It can also be done at the same time as other therapies without causing any complications. The most frequent type of laser used in veterinary medicine is the k-laser, commonly called a ‘cold’ laser due to its lack of heat produced during operation. By reading this article, you can learn about the process of cold laser therapy and the potential benefits it can have for your dog.

How does a cold laser work?

Therapeutic effects are intentionally induced by laser therapy. The cold laser helps speed your pet’s recovery by boosting the body’s healing mechanisms. This may involve getting better after experiencing an injury, preparing for and undergoing surgery, or overcoming an ongoing health issue. Laser therapy helps your pet because it causes the body to manufacture more ATP. ATP is a type of energy that speeds up the regeneration of cells, which benefits your dog’s internal conditions.

In addition, laser therapy can be used to lessen and control pain by stimulating the lymphatic drainage system, hence decreasing inflammation and pain. As a bonus, the laser activates nerve cells, which prevents pain signals from reaching the brain and alleviates your dog’s discomfort. Lastly, the laser can trigger the body’s natural supply of pain-killing endorphins.

Who can benefit from laser therapy?

Many veterinary medical issues are treated using laser therapy, including:

  • Chronic arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Surgical incisions

As an alternative to conventional medical care, the benefits of cold laser therapy can be a lifesaver for pets with conditions like:

  • Dogs and cats with liver illness who cannot seek treatment
  • Exotic animals with difficult drug administration
  • Pets whose painkillers are limited
  • Aging animals with impaired organ capacity

What can I expect at my dog’s CLT appointment?

One of the best things about CLT is how easy it is for you and your dog. Your pet will be placed in a comfortable sitting or lying position, and the laser will be gently placed over the injured area, where it will be held for a set time before being moved about the area. This will not cause your dog any pain. They can go without shaving or any other fur care treatment. You may need to put on some safety goggles, as gazing at the laser beam can cause eye injury. 

Is laser therapy safe for pets?

If your pet got injured in your home or boarding for pets, cold laser therapy could help them recover quickly. Laser therapy is a risk-free therapeutic option if precise parameters and time frames are used. When used improperly, devices with greater power can cause heat burns to tissues. Furthermore, patients and all veterinary workers must wear protective eyewear throughout therapy to prevent laser beams from causing irreversible retinal damage.

How much does CLT cost?

For an accurate estimate of how much a laser therapy session will cost in your area, it is best to talk to your vet. Depending on the nature and severity of your dog’s problem, they may need to attend therapy twice per week at first and subsequently once every two weeks. You can ask your veterinarian for a referral to a clinic that provides laser therapy if they don’t offer it themselves. Consult your vet to determine if laser treatment is viable for your dog.