Cold Laser Therapy for Cats & Dogs in Voorhees
Pain & Inflammation Relief for Dogs & Cats
Cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, and improve healing.
The wavelengths of light are used to treat painful and debilitating conditions by entering damaged cells and stimulating inter-cellular activity. It is a painless procedure and can make your pet's life more comfortable and even eliminate the need for medications.
Cold laser therapy can help with chronic pain such as arthritis, joint pain, ongoing pain resulting from an injury, or muscle spasm. It can also provide effective benefits for itchy skin irritations, inflamed ears or anal glads, disc disease, sinus congestion, and various other conditions.
Ask our Voorhees veterinarians if your cat or dog could benefit from cold laser therapy. We would be happy to discuss its benefits and inform you if it is an ideal treatment for your pet.
Uses for Laser Therapy
Several conditions have been shown to improve with the use of laser therapy, as it encourages cell regeneration and increases circulation.
Conditions that can benefit from this therapy include wounds, muscle and joint pain, lick granulomas, muscle spasms, strains, sprains, inflammation, bone fractures, degenerative joint disorder, inflammatory bowel disease, and osteoarthritis.
This therapy can be useful for cats and dogs that have undergone strenuous dental procedures, and has proven to speed up the healing process for pets that are recovering from surgical procedures.
Cold Laser Therapy FAQs
Is cold laser therapy painful or uncomfortable for my pet?
When performed correctly by a trained professional, cold laser therapy is safe and pain-free.
While your pet will feel the laser device touching your skin, the procedure is painless and noninvasive. The device doesn't make any sound and your pet won't feel any heat or vibration from the wand.
During a treatment session, all patients and veterinary staff must wear protective goggles as laser beams directed at an eye can cause permanent damage to retinas.
What are the benefits of cold laser therapy?
There are a number of benefits associate with cold laser therapy, including:
- Increases wound healing
- Encourages bone healing
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Increases blood perfusion
- Enhances neovascularization
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
How long are the sessions?
The length of your pet's session will vary depending on the extent of their injury or condition. Sessions can range anywhere from three minutes to 20 minutes
How many treatments will my pet need?
Every patient is different so it can be difficult to determine how many treatments they will need.
Pets with arthritis or other chronic conditions may require multiple treatments each week to control pain and inflammation. For those with acute injuries, they may need just one treatment, or they could need six or more.
Our veterinarians can discuss an exact treatment plan based on your pet's unique needs.
Will my pet experience any side effects?
There are no side effects related to cold laser therapy for pets. Your dog or cat will enjoy the benefits of the procedure and return to normal activity right after treatment.
Will my pet still need medications to control pain?
If your dog or cat is already prescribed medication to control pain, talk to your veterinarian. They can determine if your pet will still need pain medication going forward.