(Post updated April 2018)
Should your dog have laser therapy? The noninvasive procedure has increased in popularity over the past decade as it has proven to be beneficial for many medical conditions. Laser therapy is a painless procedure that uses infrared laser light to speed up the healing process of cells and tissue.
Our personal experience
My dog Sophie underwent laser therapy in 2010. It was about 6 months after she became paralyzed. A dear friend asked her veterinarian about the procedure and he offered to help us. The treatment was new at the time and very few veterinary clinics had the equipment. Sophie went for six treatments. Unfortunately we didn’t see the improvement we hoped for and the veterinarian suggested we stop. My guess is that we waited too long to start the therapy and Sophie’s cells could not regenerate.
For many pets laser therapy is a godsend that can change lives. I personally witnessed this with another dog who came to the clinic for treatments soon after Sophie started hers. The Labrador retriever had severe arthritis that made it hard for him to walk without assistance. He was brought into the clinic on a stretcher because he was in so much pain. After his second treatment, the dog walked into the clinic on his own. I can only image the outcome after he received all of his treatments.
How laser therapy works
Cold Laser Therapy or Soft Laser Therapy as it is officially called, is light years ahead of the procedure that Sophie received years ago. Advances in the technology and ease of use have made it a popular form of treatment for dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and other small animals. Nearly 50 percent of veterinary hospitals have a laser treatment unit on hand.
The process works by emitting a low-powered infrared laser light that is cool to the touch and virtually painless. Because of this, it doesn’t cause any undue stress to an animal. The laser is applied to the surface of a dog’s skin to promote and speed up the healing process of cells and tissue.
It works by releasing an energy source called ATP which allows for the rapid absorption of nutrients and the reproduction of new cells. In plain English, laser therapy lets injured dogs get better faster by reducing their pain and inflammation.
Conditions that have the best results with laser therapy
Laser therapy is 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
K Laser is one of the companies that manufactures laser therapy equipment for veterinary hospitals. As you can see from the picture below they have made it easy to use. A veterinarian or technician dials in a specific illness and type of animal and a preprogrammed treatment sets automatically.
Here is a video that shows the procedure.
Click here to read more about Sophie’s experience: Turning To Alternative Medicine
Source: VetInfo and YouTube