Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Cold laser therapy treats the surface of the skin, while hot laser treatments affect deeper tissues.
Often called low-level laser therapy is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing.
Is laser therapy a medical procedure? It depends on the class of laser. There are medical devices that are not available to anyone except a doctor, such as the Class IV Erchonia.
The equipment is expensive, so you have to decide you are going to work with this therapy for the long haul.
The use of lasers for this type of therapy was used 40 years ago on humans before it was ever tried on dogs. Ironic, since a number of consumer products are still tested on animals first before they are approved or prescribed for individuals.
Dogs find laser therapy relaxing and tend to enjoy the treatment.
A typical laser therapy session as lasting between three to 20 minutes.
There are two beams and one of them gets shined on the brain and that creates a sense of well-being. Dogs like it, particularly at the point where they make that association between something that happened to them and something that feels good.
In a typical treatment session, the laser wand is applied to the area to be treated. Depending on the area and the energy being delivered, it can take up to 10 to 20 minutes.
And, the good news about laser therapy for dogs is there’s no need to shave or clip the area to be treated and the dog doesn’t need to be sedated during the process. That means that treatment can be applied multiple times a day or a number of times per week.
Before treatment begins, the dog will be given a full physical along with X-rays if needed. If you have a dog with arthritis, you can expect to start laser treatment with two to three sessions per week, then decrease sessions to once a week, then once every two weeks.
After laser therapy, dog owners might see their dog go upstairs more often, play with a ball he’s not picked up in months or go back to getting on the couch for his nightly snuggle with family members. And, when dogs have better mobility, medications can often be reduced.
Laser therapy won’t cause a dog any unwanted side effects. The laser used for this type of treatment will not burn a dog’s skin.
Not all veterinary practices have the facilities to offer laser treatment for your dog, as the laser equipment can be exceptionally pricy. Laser therapy treatment is becoming more popular. With increased popularity, the equipment will become more affordable and then more widely available.
Laser therapy improves the quality of a dog’s life as well as the life of its owner, because if your dog is happy, you are happy.