What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is an innovative therapeutic treatment that has only grown in popularity as veterinarians have discovered its usefulness in helping pets to recover from illness and injury.
Our vets are passionate about providing pets with the highest quality treatment. Cold laser therapy provides a safe, effective and non-invasive way to alleviate pain and encourage your pet's return to their normal, healthy and happy selves.
A wide variety of conditions can be improved with the use of cold laser therapy. These include joint and muscle pain, muscle spasms and the symptoms of arthritis.
What are Cold Lasers?
Cold laser therapy uses an LED (light-emitting diode) or low-intensity (or "cold") laser to stimulate the growth and healing process of your pet's cells in order to improve their healing ability and relieve their pain.
The kind of light emitted by a laser determines the depth of tissue it affects. The higher the wavelength (green, blue or purple colored light), the deeper into your pet's body the laser penetrates. Likewise, the lower wavelengths of light (like red) will be absorbed by your pet's skin.
How is Cold Laser Therapy Used?
A handheld laser wand is moved back and forth over the area that is causing your pet's health issue or injury.
Your pet will feel a pleasant and warm feeling in the area of their body receiving treatment and likely will find it enjoyable and relaxing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes. The number and frequency of these treatments will depend on your pet's specific healthcare needs.
Uses for Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy has a wide range of uses and is highly effective when used in conjunction with traditional medications and other veterinary treatments.
Laser therapy promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration, benefiting the following procedures and conditions:
- Bone Fractures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Strains & Sprains
- Dental Procedures
- Lick Granuloma
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
Therapeutic laser treatments offer a wide range of benefits to your pet. When a pet receives low-intensity laser treatment, the specific wavelengths of the light prompt an alteration of the physiology of their tissues and cells.
- Increases blood perfusion
- Encourages bone healing
- Increases wound healing
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Enhances neovascularization
- Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
- Reduces inflammation and associated pain
The Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process
Cold laser therapy generally involves the movement of a handheld laser wand back and forth over the part of your pet's body that has sustained an injury or is causing them serious health issues.
Your pet will feel a pleasant and warm feeling in the area of their body receiving treatment and likely will find it enjoyable and relaxing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes.
The number and frequency of these treatments will depend on your pet's specific healthcare needs.
At Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, we use a Companion Animal Laser to treat both complex and day-to-day health issues ion our beloved patients.
New Patients Welcome
Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Capitola companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.