Cold laser therapy is frequently used as a supplemental treatment to help your dog's tissues heal and relieve pain after an injury. In this post, our Rochester veterinarians explain the ins and outs of the treatment, as well as what you can expect during the procedure and afterward.

What is cold laser therapy for dogs?

Cold laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) uses focused light to increase blood circulation and stimulate the regeneration of cells.

This non-invasive, drug-free treatment is used to alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory conditions. In recent years, it has been used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments to treat soft tissue and tendon injuries, as well as arthritis, according to the National Institute of Health. It can also be used to expedite the healing of wounds and other injuries.

Does cold laser therapy work on dogs?

Yes. Laser therapy for pets has been approved by the veterinary industry as being both safe and effective. Various diseases, injuries, and conditions, including tissue injuries (such as strains and sprains) and arthritis, can be treated with this technique.

To provide our pet patients with the best possible outcome, we frequently use it in conjunction with other treatment options.

In terms of advantages, laser therapy can provide the following:

  • Enhance circulation
  • Decrease nerve sensitivity
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Speed the healing process

In addition, laser therapy has no negative side effects and does not necessitate the use of sedation or anesthesia. In addition, there is no need to clip or shave the area that is being treated.

Does laser therapy hurt dogs?

Provided the veterinarian performing the treatment is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and the treatment is performed correctly, there should be no pain involved for your dog.

Pets enjoy a pleasant sensation produced by the back and forth motion of a veterinarian's handheld laser wand over injured tissue. Most pets find this sensation to be soothing or relaxing.

During the session, all veterinary staff and patients are required to wear protective goggles because laser beams directed at the eye have the potential to cause permanent damage to both human and canine retinal tissue.

How often should my dog get cold laser therapy?

The effects of cold laser therapy build up over time, as the name implies. Treatments should be completed at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian in order to achieve the best results.

How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?

Each session is different in length depending on the area being treated and the amount of energy being delivered by the laser during treatment. It takes between 5 and 20 minutes for a typical laser therapy session to complete.

Before beginning treatment, we will conduct a thorough physical examination, as well as x-rays if necessary, to determine whether cold laser therapy is the most appropriate treatment option for your pet.

What Are Some Uses for Cold Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy promotes cell regeneration and circulation, which can be beneficial for a variety of conditions and procedures, including:

  • Wounds
  • Bone Fractures
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease and general inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Dental Procedures
  • Post-Surgical Recovery

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Interested in learning more about cold laser therapy? Our Rochester vets can assess your dog to determine whether this treatment is a good option for them. Book an appointment today.