A dog gets cold laser therapy on his knee

As loving pet owners, we are always looking out for the newest and best options in pet care. Anything that we can do to help our animals is on the radar and more and more options exist all the time.

You may have heard some chatter about cold laser therapy for dogs and wondering what it is and whether there is cold laser therapy for dogs near you. Look no further, Sky Canyon Animal Hospital has you covered. 

The Science of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy sounds a little out there, but it is a safe and effective FDA-approved treatment modality that utilizes concentrated light particles (photons) to stimulate healing from a cellular level.

Photons are directed to a certain area using a handheld probe, exciting the cells in that area and causing them to produce energy. The targeted cells are then able to aid in:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Increased healing 
  • Improved blood flow
  • Infection control

As you can imagine, this is helpful in treating a wide variety of conditions. 

Maybe the best part about laser therapy is how safe and easy it really is. There are no documented side effects. Treatments are short, typically under 10 minutes, and painless. Many pets experience pain relief almost immediately and most seem to enjoy the gentle warming sensation experience during the treatments

Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs

The sky’s the limit when it comes to ways that cold laser therapy for dogs can be helpful. We recommend using it as an adjunctive treatment for a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Post surgically to encourage healing
  • Dental procedures
  • Skin and ear infections
  • Orthopedic pain such as from arthritis
  • Bone fractures
  • Wounds
  • Lick granulomas
  • Sprains and strains
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Anal gland inflammation
  • Bladder inflammation

There is a lot of scientific evidence that laser therapy (photobiomodulation) is a helpful treatment modality. There are a lot of factors, though, that are necessary to maximize effects and so the quality of devices used for laser therapy is very important. 

Please feel free to contact us to ask if your pet could benefit from cold laser therapy. With so many benefits and so few downsides, it can be a great addition to your pet’s care, whether they are a senior canine or an active agility athlete. The options are endless!