Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs & Cats
Our veterinarians use cold laser therapy at Angel Animal Hospital in order to non-invasively treat painful inflammatory conditions in Farmington Hills cats and dogs.
What is Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is an innovative therapeutic treatment which has grown in popularity recently as veterinarians have discovered its usefulness in helping pets recover from illness and injury.
Our vets are passionate about providing the highest quality treatment for your pet and cold laser therapy provides a safe, non-invasive, and effective way of alleviating pain and encouraging your pet's return to their normal, healthy selves.
A wide variety of conditions can be improved with the use of cold laser therapy. These include joint and muscle pain, muscle spasms and the symptoms of arthritis.
What are cold lasers?
Cold laser therapy uses a light-emitting diode (also known as an LED) or a low-intensity laser (also known as a cold laser) to enhance and stimulate cell growth, improve healing and relieve pain in your pet.
The kind of light emitted by a laser determines the depth of tissue it affects. The higher the wavelength (green, blue or purple colored light), the deeper into your pet's body the laser penetrates. Likewise, the lower wavelengths of light (like red) will be absorbed by your pet's skin.
The Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Cold laser therapy treatment involves the movement of a handheld laser wand back and forth over the part of your pet's body which has sustained an injury or is causing health issues.
Your pet will feel a pleasant and warm feeling in the area being treated and will likely find it enjoyable and relaxing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes.
The number and frequency of these treatments will depend on your pet's specific healthcare needs.
Uses for Veterinary Laser Therapy
Veterinary cold laser therapy for dogs and cats has a wide range of uses and is highly effective when used in conjunction with traditional medications and other veterinary treatments.
Laser therapy promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration which may benefit the following conditions:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Post-Surgical Recovery
- Degenerative Joint Disease
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy for Pets
Therapeutic laser treatments offer a wide range of benefits to your pet. When a pet receives low-intensity laser treatment, the specific wavelengths of the light prompt an alteration of the physiology of their tissues and cells.
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Increases wound healing
- Enhances neovascularization
- Increases blood perfusion
- Encourages bone healing
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism