Technology has been growing rapidly over the last few decades. Those of us in the veterinary industry have also gained some wonderful tools and some amazing new ways to help our furry patients feel better. One treatment that has shown some wonderful results is cold laser therapy. A Conyers, GA vet discusses cold laser therapy below.
To put it in layman’s terms, cold therapy—which is sometimes called low-level laser therapy—uses light to promote healing and improve circulation. The treatment is non-invasive, unlike hot laser therapy. It can really help soothe pets’ pain, and help relieve nerve sensitivity. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Cold laser therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of medical problems. It can help pets heal faster from injuries, strains, and sprains. It is also often used to treat chronic pain from arthritis, back problems, and muscular-skeletal issues, as well as neurological problems. Cold lasers have also been effective at treating certain dermatological problems. That said, the most common uses for the treatments are to help dogs with arthritis regain mobility, and to heal wounds and injuries.
Cold laser therapy sessions are typically quite short. They usually take less than 20 minutes, though this does vary depending on each animal’s needs. While many people worry that their beloved furry friends will be uncomfortable during treatment, many of our four-legged patients actually seem to enjoy them. Aside from helping pets feel better, cold laser therapy is also great because it does not require pets to be shaved or sedated. There are no aftereffects, though some of our patients do seem rather sleepy after their treatments.
While every pet is different, it isn’t unusual for owners to notice that their furry friends are more active and playful after treatment. The benefits often increase with repeated sessions. For instance, your dog may find it much easier to climb the stairs or get into the car after treatments.
While cold-laser therapy can produce remarkable results, it isn’t necessarily the right option for every pet. If you think your furry companion could benefit from these treatments, ask your vet for more information.
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