Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive way to treat numerous types of injuries and conditions. Also known as low-level or low-power laser therapy, this relatively new treatment uses a low-intensity beam of light to stimulate cell regeneration and also increase blood circulation in a targeted area. Northwood Veterinary Hospital is proud to be able to offer this innovative procedure for your pets here in Northwood, NH.
Conditions that Can Be Treated with Cold Laser Therapy
The following are just some of the issues that cold laser therapy can be used to treat:
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Ear infections
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
During cold laser therapy, a veterinarian will send a beam of concentrated light into the area targeted for treatment. This light stimulates injured cells to regenerate and repair themselves. Because the intensity of the laser used in this type of therapy is low, it will not burn or damage your pet's tissue. Depending on the injury and/or condition being treated, some of the goals of cold laser therapy include:
- Increased mobility
- Reduced inflammation
- Decreased pain
- Reduced swelling
- Faster healing of wounds
- Reduced scar tissue
How Cold Laser Therapy Is Administered
During a cold laser therapy session, a member of our Northwood veterinary team will move a handheld laser wand slowly across the targeted tissue. Contrary to its name, your pet will experience a warm, soothing sensation in the area being treated by cold laser therapy. According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, most pets seem to find this treatment relaxing and enjoyable.
The amount of time required for a cold laser therapy session will vary, depending on several factors. For instance, it may only take 10 minutes to treat a single small area on your pet. But if your dog or cat has multiple areas that require treatment, the session could last 30 minutes or longer. And depending on the issue, your pet may require multiple treatments. Our veterinarian will work with you to create the appropriate treatment plan for your pet's specific issue.
Cold laser therapy is painless, and our veterinarian won't even have to shave the targeted area. So, it's also a very low-stress treatment option for your pet.
Are There Side Effects?
According to medical experts, cold laser therapy has no known side effects and is considered a safe treatment.
Let Northwood Veterinary Hospital Improve Your Pet's Quality of Life
If you think your pet could benefit from cold laser therapy, the veterinary professionals at Northwood Veterinary Hospital are ready to assist you. Call us today at(603) 942-8368 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.