Laser therapy has been on the radar of treatments for dogs for the past few years, but do you know which type of conditions it best treats? Have you wondered if laser therapy was right for your dog?
Sophie underwent Cold Laser Therapy about six months after she became paralyzed. A dear friend asked her veterinarian about the procedure and he offered to help us. Sophie went for six treatments. Unfortunately we didn’t see any improvement. I think we waited too long to start the therapy and Sophie’s cells could not be regenerated. For many pets laser therapy is a godsend, especially if you know when to start and the best conditions it can treat.
Cold Laser Therapy or Soft Laser Therapy is an amazing, almost magical procedure. It uses a low-powered laser that doesn’t produce any heat to burn your dog while it heals medical conditions and injuries. The laser is applied to the surface of a dog’s skin or just above it. The procedure is painless so dogs do not have to be sedated.
Laser therapy is most often used for dogs that have inflammation and pain or those recovering from injuries or surgery. Here are other common uses:
- Arthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease
- Back Problems and Disc Disease
- Joint Injury
- Ligament or Tendon Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Hematomas (a localized collection of blood under the skin)
- Trauma Wounds
- Post-Surgical Wounds
- Nerve Injury
- Chronic ear infections
- Hot Spots
- Lick Granulomas
- Bladder Infections
Laser therapy works by beaming photons that are absorbed by the misbehaving cells in a dog’s body. Photons help heal cells by increasing an energy source called ATP. This allows for the rapid absorption of nutrients and the reproduction of new cells.
Photons speed up the healing process and have been shown to regenerate neurons.
In plain language Laser Therapy lets injured dogs get better faster while reducing their pain and inflammation.
Most of the time dogs need more than one treatment or ongoing Laser therapy for chronic conditions. It is an awesome tool to keep your dog as healthy as possible for as long as you can.
Related Story: Turning To Alternative Medicine
Source: VetInfo and YouTube