Cold Laser Therapy for dogs and cats decreases inflammation, reduces scarring, and helps cells regenerate faster. In fact, some of the best testimonials about the use of cold lasers are from their use on companion animals!
This therapy is especially beneficial for senior dogs and cats who may be slowing down and experiencing decreased mobility.
So what is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Lasers are therapeutic lasers that produce a small amount of heat and are extremely safe for use. They stimulate cells to increase cellular growth and regenerative activity. Additionally, they deactivate the nine enzymes that cause inflammation by up to 70%.
Although they are called ‘Cold’ Lasers, the light from this laser is actually pleasantly warm. Cold lasers were named to distinguish them from their cousin, the hot or cutting laser, which is used in surgeries.
Cold lasers use a process called photobiomodulation to stimulate the production of healthy cells and decrease inflammation. Electromagnetic energy from the laser triggers photochemical (relating to or caused by the chemical action of light) changes within cellular structures.
The process is similar to photosynthesis in plants. The light from the laser enters the diseased cells and is absorbed by the mitochondria, which perform the function of producing cellular energy called “ATP”. This elevation in “ATP” increases blood flow to the area and further stimulates healing.
Cold Laser Therapy can be beneficial for these symptoms and more:
- Joint injuries
- Ligament or tendon injuries
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Skin lesions or abrasions
- Post-trauma wounds
- Post-surgical incisions
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Nerve injuries
- Inflammation and swelling
- Non-healing wounds
Laser therapy does not involve any medications and is non-invasive. In fact, many of our patients seem to find it relaxing.
It’s non-invasive, can be used with any other medication, supplement or therapy and doesn’t have any side effects when used properly. As a bonus, it is relatively inexpensive and it’s amazingly effective!
Contact us at the clinic to find out if cold laser therapy is right for your dog or cat.
If you are curious about the medical science behind cold laser therapy, this video is a good animated description.