Painless Cold Laser Therapy is giving this guy a chance to smile at the camera: image via ash-vet.comPainless Cold Laser Therapy is giving this guy a chance to smile at the camera: image via ash-vet.comYou may be familiar with health supplements that, if given regularly,
can provide some relief for animals with joint injuries or arthritis,
but Low Light Laser Treatment (LLLT), also known as Cold Laser Therapy,
can provide more serious relief from arthritis and injury pain. Cold Laser Therapy is the
latest technology to hit veterinary medicine and it's being used to
help reduce pain from skin lesions to cancer, from nerve
damage to muscle strain...

Cold Laser Therapy has been evolving for about 40 years. Chiropractors and other practitioners of natural therapies have been successfully treating human patients with cold laser.  Now, within just the last few years, many veterinary chiropractors, acupuncturists, and veterinarian specialists have begun using Class IV Cold Laser Treatments on pets and farm animals.  No heat is involved, just a laser light that is rotated near or on the surface of the painful area, which may be any damaged tissue - joint, bone, nerve, or even skin lacerations. 

The laser penetrates inflamed cells to repair tissue damage by increasing the level of ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate).  ATP allows the cells to release waste and restore healthy blood circulation and cellular processes. There is no pain involved in the treatment, so anesthesia is not required.  Generally, sessions are 10 to 20 minutes long and dogs and cats tend to fall asleep during the treatments if their assistance is not  needed. They don't even need to shave prior to treatments!




What you will probably notice after the first session is that your pet has better range of motion and seems to move around with less pain. Usually, there a three or four sessions scheduled during the first week or two, and then perhaps weekly or even monthly after that until complete recovery is obtained or until the therapy is no longer improving conditions for your pet.

An examination, and probably X-rays will be required prior to receiving treatment, so a proper diagnosis can be made and treatment can be targeted to the diagnosis. Treatments generally cost between $25 and $50 per session.


For more information on Cold Laser Therapy, visit The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Vet Info, PenderPet (video), and ABC News (video)

That's the beam for today!