Cold Laser Therapy

Tootsie Wendt, a 6 year old Goldendoodle, enjoying her Cold laser Treatment.

The Lancaster Small Animal Hospital is proud to announce that we now have a Class IV Companion Laser Therapy machine!  Cold Laser Therapy provides healing and pain relief without medications or surgery!



What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to:

  • Reduce Pain
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Speed Healing

Laser therapy is a unique therapy because it is based on photochemical and photobiological effects in cells and tissues. Laser light positively stimulates the functions of injured cells, such as increasing production of cellular energy (ATP).  By increasing the amount of ATP, damaged or injured cells can heal themselves more quickly. Even cells that have been injured through degenerative disease, such as arthritis, can recharge themselves and begin to heal.

Laser therapy energizes cell function, promotes healing of damaged tissue, and helps restore body function. This healing can occur even after metabolic slow-downs due to immobility, traumas or surgical operations.

Laser therapy also stimulates blood and lymphatic microcirculation. This means that more oxygen and nutrition will get to the injured tissue. It also means that the drainage of cellular waste and toxins will improve. This leads to tissue healing.


How It Works

Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it.  Laser energy induces a biological response in which the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, increased circulation, and increased healing speed.

The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive handpiece to treat the affected area.  During treatment, your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth.  Most treatment times are just 3 to 5 minutes per site.

After several minutes of Laser treatment the body will begin to release endorphins, which are chemicals that have a relaxing and pain-reducing effect on the body.


What health problems benefit from Laser Therapy?

Zed Branch, a 9 year old Rottweiler, receiving Cold Laser during an Acupuncture Treatment.

Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain as well as many acute and chronic conditions such as:

  • Post-Surgical Incision Healing and Pain Relief
  • Wounds
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Acute and chronic Otitis
  • Cystitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Stomatitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Hot Spots
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Anal Gland Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Inflammations
  • Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
  • Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
  • Geriatric Care
  • Feline Acne
  • Tendonitis
  • And more!


What to Expect from Companion Therapy Laser Treatments:

Toshi Kennedy receiving Cold laser Therapy

  • Most chronic conditions require 6-12 treatments until clinical improvement is noted in mobility and pain reduction.
  • Some pets do respond positively to one treatment, but most do not.
  • The treated site feels better 12-24 hours after treatment.
  • As with any therapy, keep your pet quiet until all treatments are complete.
  • Chronic conditions should have a treatment every other day until clinical signs resolve, and then go to transition phase tapering back treatment frequency with maintenance treatments every 3-4 weeks.
  • Non-Orthopedic Surgical treatments should be done immediately after surgery.
  • Orthopedic Surgical treatments should be done immediately after surgery, then at 24 hours and 48 hours after surgery.  The site should be treated every other day for the 2 week period following surgery for a total of approximately 6 treatments.
  • Definite improvements should be seen in the second week.
  • Treatments are cumulative in nature.
  • Length of treatments and frequency of treatment improve outcomes.

 To learn more, watch this video on Cold Laser Therapy  from the Veterinary Information Network 

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