Since the start of the industrial revolution, much technology has been created to help make life better and last longer. Over that time, many ideas and concepts have been initiated, leading to the development of novel medical technologies.
Among them is the use of lasers to treat certain conditions affecting people. One incredible discovery shows the beneficial effects of low-power lasers on cells, as opposed to high-power lasers that cut or destroy cells.
Over the past few decades, vets have discovered that low-laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is helpful for pets. The treatment is an excellent option for pets who are not a good fit for medications for one reason or another. It is a noninvasive, pain-free, and effective treatment with multiple benefits.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is a treatment that utilizes low-power lasers to stimulate or promote healing within human and animal cells. The light penetrates the cells and initiates activities that lead to growth, repair, migration, and proliferation.
The tissue depth and type affected by the treatment depend on the wavelength of the light the vet will use. Most units will use near-infrared light with wavelengths of about 670 nm to 1,070 nm. Higher wavelengths impact tissues that lie deeper in the body, while lower ones affect superficial tissues.
How Does It Treat Pets?
Cold laser therapy is an effective treatment, but if your pet can still take medication, it is used in conjunction with the medicine. The reason this may happen is to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and hasten recovery. Fortunately, cold laser therapy is drug-free, so your pet will not have adverse side effects from drug interaction.
What Does Cold Laser Therapy Treat in Pets?
The treatment is quite effective in several conditions, including:
Ligament and tendon injuries
Special Uses for Cold Laser Therapy
Again, the treatment is ideal for pets who cannot use other treatment options. Some of the conditions or situations that can lead to the need for cold laser therapy as a solo treatment are:
Pets with liver disease that disqualifies them from taking any common medication
Cats that are limited to the pain medication they can use
Exotic pets that may not have specific medication or that cannot have standard administration of drugs
Geriatric pets that have decreased organ function, which limits medication use
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
The therapy has multiple benefits that are all accessible to every patient getting the treatment. Here are some of the most common benefits to expect for your pet after the therapy.
Low Pain Levels
One of the effects of the therapy is to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural painkilling hormones.
Increased Healing and Reduced Inflammation
The therapy heals tissues from the cellular level and warms the treatment area, promoting more circulation. These two directly impact the healing of lacerations and wounds while reducing soft tissue inflammation.
Improving Joint Function
The therapy has been proven to improve the range of motion and reduce pain in pets with joint disorders like hip dysplasia or arthritis. You will notice a difference in your pet after the first treatment session.
For more on the benefits of cold laser therapy for pets, visit Highland Veterinary Clinic at our office in Evansville, Indiana. Call (812) 710-4300 to book an appointment today.