Over the years we have seen various tools developed in the field of veterinary science. One of the most interesting of these tools to date is the use of cold laser therapy. This technology was not developed specifically for veterinarians. Even so, a pet-friendly application has been developed that is showing very promising results.
In her article written for the Innovative Medical Care journal, Dr. Robin Downing, director of Colorado’s Windsor Veterinary Clinic, reveals that laser therapy used correctly has many positive applications and health benefits. As studies continue to reveal more and more applications and benefits, adoption of this technology is becoming more widespread among many veterinary clinics and hospitals.
So what can this interesting and relatively new technology do for your pet? Let’s have a closer look.
Cold laser therapy goes by many names, including:
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT)
Red Light Therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
These all relate to a similar kind of technology that uses a laser to interact with a local area and treat a specific condition. Most of the applications are used to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal pain. However, there are many more applications according to Dr. Downing. These applications can include:
Healing surgical wounds
Healing traumatic wounds
Increasing tissue metabolism
Trigger point release
Improving nerve function
Assisting nerve regeneration
Reducing scar tissue formation
Regulating the immune system
And these are just the most common of medical uses. There are more applications being discovered as clinical use and studies continue to increase.
Understanding the overview of what cold laser therapy can do for all animals helps to understand what it can do for your pet. When it comes to treating your dog or cat with laser therapy, there is a long list of benefits and treatment options available. These include, but are not limited to treating:
Soft tissue injuries
Gum disease and gingivitis
Various infections (ear, anal gland, etc.)
This is an especially effective treatment for pain relief. It works by reducing inflammation and opening lymphatic drainage to effectively clear an area of swelling and pressure – thereby reducing pain. The laser also stimulates specific nerves responsible for blocking pain signal transmission to the brain. This two-tier effect is a powerful catalyst for pain and inflammation relief in your companion.
Administering laser therapy to your dog is a completely painless and even satisfying experience. As the laser is used and the area is cleared of inflammation, pain, and other challenges, your pet will often feel an immediate sense of relief. Laser therapy for dogs and cats is considered safe and effective across the entire veterinary community. There are no known side effects when administered by a professional veterinarian trained on proper usage protocol.
Pain, discomfort, trauma, and inflammation are never experiences we want our pet to go through. With the advent of cold laser therapy for pets becoming more widely available (and affordable) you now have an opportunity to provide an even better quality of life for your pet – comfortably and safely. The benefits of cold laser therapy far outweigh any potential negatives and may be a great solution in your overall health care plan for your favorite friend. Talk to your vet and see if cold laser therapy is a good solution for your pet.