No Surgery, No Drugs
Therapeutic laser treatment is also referred to as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy, or Class IV laser therapy. It’s a non-invasive procedure and requires no drugs. The light from a particular type of laser is used to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. The procedure is quite comforting and pleasant for your pet and requires no sedation or restraint when used correctly.
Conditions That Respond to Therapeutic Laser Treatment
Therapeutic laser treatment research has shown that it works extremely well at addressing different issues in pets. Some of those things include:
- Wound healing
- Increasing blood flow
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing the formation of scar tissue
- Improving nerve function and nerve regeneration
- Reducing pain
- Reducing recovery time from infections
How Therapeutic Laser Treatment Works
Here at Cinema Veterinary Centre, we use a special type of medical laser to treat patients. To put it simply, when an injured area is targeted with the laser, it stimulates cells to promote growth and repair. It helps the body by increasing circulation, decreasing swelling, and reducing pain.
Conditions That Therapeutic Laser Treatment Addresses
Because this therapy speeds up the body’s natural healing process, the number of uses for it is almost unlimited. Here are some of the conditions we can use this therapy to speed recovery and reduce pain:
- Chronic arthritis
- Surgical incisions
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Traumatic injuries
With laser therapy, we can reduce inflammation in their joints and help to get rid of some of that pain. It also aids in the healing process that the body needs to go through. Because laser therapy increases comfort and mobility, it can help relieve pain without the use of drugs.
Are There Any Risks?
No, there are no risks in therapeutic laser treatment, primarily when a trained veterinarian administers it. It is a safe and pain-free procedure. However, there are some specific conditions we would not use laser treatment on a pet. For instance:
- Pregnant pets
- When a pet has a cancerous tumor growth.
When cancer has spread to other areas, we do not use laser therapy because there is a possibility of mistakenly targeting cancer cells, which could accelerate cancer growth.
An effective therapeutic laser is a powerful medical device for veterinarian use. Be aware that there are some types of low-level lasers advertised and sold for use at home. However, when used by an untrained person, they can cause permanent damage to the eyes. Some can cause burning of the treated tissues. You should always seek treatment for your pet from a reputable veterinarian.
What You Can Expect
Because the therapy isn’t painful at all, we will not need to sedate or restrain your pet. In fact, the experience is usually quite pleasant and comforting for them.
We wear eye protection and place eye protection on your pet to protect us and your pet from any eye damage.
Each treatment lasts roughly 5-10 minutes, but the length and frequency of treatments will vary with your pet’s condition.
Many patients require several treatments for the most significant benefit. For this reason, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
We use therapeutic laser treatment in our practice on a regular basis and we are very happy with its results. It is a safe and effective way to help your pet feel better and heal faster, and it is easy! Additionally, we can use it in combination with other types of treatment very effectively. We are here to give your pet the best care they can receive. If you have any questions, please contact us right away so we can set up an appointment.
Jaimie Ronchetto, DVM
Cinema Veterinary Centre