Our personal experience
My 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. 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. After his second treatment, he was able to walk into the clinic on his own. I can only image the outcome after he received all of the therapy.
Here is a video that shows the procedure.
How laser therapy works
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 heal a variety of medical conditions or 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.
Conditions that have the best results with laser therapy
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.
Click here to read more about Sophie’s experience: Turning To Alternative Medicine
Source: VetInfo and YouTube