What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy uses a deep-penetrating light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation that encourages injured cells to heal more quickly. Low Laser or Cold Laser therapy is used to treat the skin surface like wound healing and skin irritations, while hot laser treatments affect deeper tissues disorders. The most common forms of laser therapy are Class 3 and Class 4 lasers, the higher the power of the laser, the shorter the time that is needed to deliver a particular dose of energy into the animal’s tissues. Laser therapy is completely pain free and most dogs find it to be a relaxing experience.
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Hot Spots and open wounds
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
- Anal gland infections
How Can Laser Therapy Help My Dogs Mobility?
Cold Laser is the best option to increase mobility in dogs, the laser combats inflammation by causing vasodilation or opening up of the blood vessels to allow an increase of blood flow to the affected area. Laser therapy will as trigger the lymphatic drainage system which is where the immune cells live! An increase in immune cells will stimulate faster healing. The result is a reduction in swelling or inflammation which means a reduction in pain. This will allow your dog to become more mobile! Laser therapy on dogs with arthritis is commonly performed because of its pain-relieving benefits for senior dogs.
Results are commonly seen after the very first treatment! Depending on your pup's condition your Vet may recommend more or less frequent treatments and generally the treatment will last 3 to 10 minutes per site on your dog.
Laser Therapy Side Effects
There can be a few adverse effects from laser therapy if performed incorrectly, inappropriate use of higher-power lasers or excessive duration of treatment can result in thermal tissue damage. It is not recommended for pregnant dogs to undergo as the laser can cause miscarriage. If the laser is pointed at a cancerous growth, it may speed up the cancer cell growth. These complications make it very important to discuss any alternative treatments with your veterinarian and always make sure to research the laser clinic to be confident in their skills.