Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy or Low-level laser therapy while not a new technology is gaining traction as a great alternative or additive to traditional recovery methods in humans and animals. The light stimulation provides many benefits to recovery from surgery, injury, and other pains. Combined with other types of therapy can lead to sped up recovery times! We have seen amazing results from this therapy and would highly recommend talking to your vet about incorporating laser therapy into your pets recovery plan! Call or email us for more information or to schedule an appointment!
Monday and Wednesday: 3pm-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8am-11am
What is low-level laser therapy?
Also known as soft laser, low-level laser therapy is a form of photo-therapy used to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management. The laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of your pet’s skin. The low-level light increases the production of cellular energy and regeneration, tissue repair, and better circulation. Light from the low-level laser also encourages production of the body’s natural pain-relievers.
How long has low-level laser therapy been using in veterinary medicine?
The first low-level laser was developed in 1960 and early testing showed an increase in the speed and overall success of the healing process when it was used. Originally used for wound repair, clinical trials done throughout the 1970’s showed the applicability of the low-level laser in therapy to be more widespread than previously thought. The 1990’s came with the invention of more powerful and effective versions of the cold laser, eventually increasing its popularity in the field of rehabilitation.
How can my pet benefit from laser therapy?
If your pet has sustained an injury, undergone surgery, or suffers from arthritis or other painful conditions, they can benefit from low-level laser therapy. The low-level laser not only speeds the healing process but affects the overall quality of the repaired tissue. Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries require increased collagen production for successful healing and the low-level laser stimulates this function. The light also increases vascular growth and dilation for improved circulation in pets that may have limited movement. Pets experiencing pain from their condition may find relief from cold laser treatments. The biochemical effect of the low-level laser boosts the body’s production of endorphins. Low-level laser therapy is another great way to treat the source of the pain, thereby making it less likely that your pet will need additional pain reducing medication
What conditions are most often treated with laser therapy?
Low-level laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions but within the realm of rehabilitation is used mainly on musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles, stimulate nerve regeneration, reduce inflammation and aid in pain management, arthritic pain, hip pain, musculoskeletal pain, myofascial pain, stress pain, bruising, edema, hematomas, lesions, tendon ligament injury and soreness, shoulder pain, scar tissue, ulcers and other persistent non-healing wounds, splints, strains, sore back, ankle, hock injuries, stifle injuries, bone chips, hoof conditions: abscesses, bone spurs, inflammation, navicular, ringbone and laminitis. Inflammatory conditions: acute or chronic otitis (ear problems), anal gland inflammation, periondontitis (gingivitis, hot spots, lick granulomas, idiopathic cycstitis (bladder inflammation), sinusitis, rhinitis (nasal problems)
What else can laser therapy treat?
Bursitis and tendonitis
Gingivitis, stomatitis and tooth extractions
Rodent ulcers and feline acne
Inflammatory bowel disease
How does my pet receive laser therapy?
Your pet will receive their cold laser treatment from a trained animal rehabilitation therapist (ART). He/She may incorporate the low-level laser into other forms of therapy such as therapeutic massage or therapeutic exercise, or it may be done independently. Low-level laser therapy is given with a small handheld tool that emits the lights to easily reach and help all afflicted areas
How safe is laser therapy?
Low-level laser therapy is very safe when done properly. To ensure that laser therapy is done only in cases where it is appropriate, an exam is first done. Although the term “laser” may conjure up images of the high-powered version sometimes used in surgical settings, the low-level laser causes no temperature change to the patient during or after the treatment and there is no risk of burning. Laser therapy should not be used in certain patients that are pregnant or that have cancer, as it stimulates cell growth and does not differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells.
What kind of animals can laser therapy be done on?
Animals involved in sports or other physically demanding activities are the most common candidates for laser therapy. Horses and dog sled dogs are some of the most frequent using laser therapy. However most pet suffering from many ailments like arthritis, trama, hotspots and more can benefit from this therapy.
How successful is laser therapy?
Because low-level laser therapy has a cumulative effect, for best results treatments should be done at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian. Low-level laser therapy is often recommended in conjunction with other modalities to provide the best outcome and may be used as either a primary or complimentary therapy.
How much does it cost?
Our cost is $40 for a 30 minute session! We do our best to keep this is cost effective as possible so all pets can receive the therapy and treatment they need!