One of the most exciting recent developments in veterinary medicine is the use of cold laser therapy for dogs and cats. Although this treatment has been used on human patients for 40 years, it is a fairly new way to help alleviate pain and promote healing in pets.
Cold laser therapy has many uses. It alleviates chronic and acute pain, activates immune cells, reduces trapped fluid in tissue, increases blood flow to a region, and reduces soft-tissue inflammation. This therapy offers an opportunity to get relief from arthritis without surgery or long-term medications. It is ideal to treat strains, sprains, nerve injuries, musculoskeletal abnormalities, and injuries or conditions related to aging. Many owners welcome it as an alternative to acupuncture.
Cold laser therapy is also effective in dogs for ear infections, gingivitis and periodontal disease, and anal gland problems. Cats can profit from its use for gingivitis and stomatitis, sinusitis and rhinitis, ear infections, and cystitis.
This type of therapeutic laser plays an important role in surgical procedures. It helps cats and dogs heal faster when used post operatively. Please call us with questions, we'd be happy to answer any you may have.