What if we told you that there was a painless, non-invasive, drug-free, and reasonably affordable alternative to treat joint issues, such as arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, surgical wounds, and a range of other conditions in your dog, which they might even enjoy? Cold laser therapy arrives. Although the use of Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) on dogs is still considered an “alternative” in the United States, it is gaining favor as more veterinarians report its effectiveness. CLT is good for lowering inflammation, controlling chronic or acute pain, and encouraging healing. It may be exactly what your pooch needs to feel better and recover more quickly.
How does CLT function?
Light Augmentation Stimulated Emission of Radiation is what “LASER” is abbreviated to mean. Many people identify lasers with beams of intense heat seen in movies or lasers used to cut flesh during surgery. As a result of their lower wavelength, more info tells us that CLT lasers are effective therapeutic tools.
Laser therapy functions by emitting photons, or light energy, into the damaged tissue (in dogs and humans). The action of these photons at the cellular level (mitochondria) is known as “photobiomodulation.” Photobiomodulation creates ATP, the fuel necessary to enhance the function of damaged cells and accelerate their regeneration. This results in less inflammation, less pain, and faster recovery for your dog.
What are the advantages of CLT?
Numerous benefits of CLT are available in canine and reptile veterinary clinic. Laser therapy is efficient, practical, and cost-effective. Therapies that are non-invasive, drug-free, and compatible with other treatments. In addition to being painless, many animals prefer treatments because they are relaxing and make them feel wonderful.
Laser therapy decreases inflammation, discomfort, and movement and accelerates cell regeneration. It increases tendon, cartilage, nerve, and bone repair and reduces edema brought on by injury or infection.
CLT can be applied for acute conditions such as cuts or ear infections and chronic conditions such as arthritis. This is advantageous because some elderly animals may not tolerate pain medications. Additionally, it can be coupled with medications and other treatments to enhance their efficacy.
Will CLT cause pain in my dog?
Laser therapy is harmless and calming for your dog. Numerous puppies find the experience so pleasant that they fall asleep. CLT has minimal to no adverse effects. Other than the positive effects that many pet owners perceive, such as increased energy and movement, most pets do not behave differently and would be less likely to require after-Hours emergency care.
When can I expect to see results?
Due to the progressive nature of laser therapy’s effects, I advise my clients not to expect a 180° change overnight. While a favorable response to treatment may not occur immediately, the affected area typically begins to feel better within 12 to 24 hours. Significant progress should be noticeable by the end of the second week of treatment.
Laser therapy is safe when used properly, with the optimum settings and treatment durations. When used improperly, higher-powered units can cause tissue burns due to excessive heat. In addition, laser beams directed at the eye might cause permanent retinal damage. Consequently, all patients and veterinary personnel must wear protective goggles throughout treatment.