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The Basics of Cold Laser Therapy for Your Dog

by Stella Robinson

Especially if you have a dog with chronic health problems, you know what it's like to make repeated visits to the veterinarian's office. While modern medicine can do a lot for animals, and medications can help provide comfort and symptom management, it's also important to take advantage of other treatment options. One of the things you should talk with your veterinarian about is the benefit of cold laser therapy for your dog. Here's a look at some things you should know.

1. What Is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is a treatment process that relies on low-level laser light, or cool laser light, to trigger physiological cell changes in the targeted areas. The laser light, when transmitted at the right frequencies and temperatures, can actually jumpstart cellular growth, development, and response for certain conditions.

2. What Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat?

There are a number of conditions that veterinarians will use cold laser therapy to treat. For example, chronic pain and inflammatory conditions can be treated with cold laser therapy. The laser can help to reduce the cellular inflammation response.

Laser therapy can also be used to help encourage wound healing, whether from surgical sites, injuries, or other wounds. Nerve response therapy is also a popular target of cold laser therapy. Additionally, you may find that your veterinarian recommends cold laser therapy to help minimize scar tissue development or to manage immune system response in your dog. Cold laser therapy can also help to encourage the healing process in response to infections of different types, including ear infections, systemic issues, and more.

3. How Is Cold Laser Therapy Administered?

In most cases, your veterinarian can conduct cold laser therapy while you're holding your dog. You can let your pup lay down in your lap or wherever he or she is comfortable, so long as the veterinarian can access the target areas. Cold laser therapy is usually done with a handheld device because it's much easier to target specific areas that way. Your veterinarian will come to your dog, using the handheld device to target the space that needs treatment. In most cases, cold laser therapy sessions only last a few minutes at a time.

Talk with your veterinarian to see if cold laser devices could help your dog with whatever condition they may have. Your veterinarian can recommend the right cold laser therapy and treatment regimen to address your pup's problem.