Looking for a drug-free way to relieve your furry friend's discomfort and speed healing? Our Tucson vets explain veterinary cold laser therapy, how it works, and how it can be used to manage pain, inflammation, and wound healing in pets.

What is Veterinary Cold Laser Therapy?

Over the years veterinary science has made enormous progress in providing relief for pets experiencing pain due to injuries or illness.

Veterinary cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a cutting-edge technique that has gained traction in recent years as an alternative or complement to traditional medications.

Veterinary cold laser therapy involves the application of low-level lasers to specific parts of your pet's body, to stimulate cellular activity and promote healing. Unlike surgical or cutting lasers that you may be familiar with, cold lasers do not generate heat and are non-invasive, making them a gentle option for treating various conditions in pets.

How Does Pet Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy for pets works through a process called photobiomodulation. When the laser's light energy interacts with individual cells, it triggers a series of biochemical reactions that lead to:

  • A beneficial interaction with inflammatory cells that stimulates the release of nitric oxide, a molecule that plays a crucial role in widening blood vessels and improving blood flow. Enhanced circulation helps to remove inflammatory mediators, reduces swelling, and promotes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.
  • Increased cellular repair triggered by the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule responsible for providing energy to the cells. With increased ATP production, the cells have more energy to carry out their functions, including repairing damaged tissues and promoting cellular regeneration.
  • The release of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain-relieving compounds. Endorphins help reduce the perception of pain and enhance your pet's overall comfort.

What Conditions Can Cold Laser Therapy Be Used For in Pets?

Whether used as a complementary approach alongside traditional treatments or as an alternative to medication, veterinary cold laser therapy offers a non-invasive, gentle, and often well-tolerated solution for pets dealing with discomfort, inflammation, and the need for enhanced healing. With its ability to reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and relieve pain there are countless conditions that can be treated with veterinary cold laser therapy.

Some of the most common are:

  • Arthritis,
  • Muscle strains
  • Post-operative discomfort
  • Skin disorders
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Lick granulomas, hot spots

Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Be Used Instead of Medications?

Veterinary cold laser therapy can be used as an alternative to medications in certain cases, but it ultimately depends on your pet's specific condition and the severity of the issue.

While cold laser therapy has shown promising results in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing, it may not completely replace medications for more serious conditions or situations requiring immediate relief.

In many cases, veterinarians recommend cold laser therapy in conjunction with medications as a way to enhance the pet's overall treatment plan and minimize the need for high doses or prolonged use of drugs.

At Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital in Tucson we offer cold laser treatments to help ease pain and speed healing in our four-legged patients! Contact us today to book an examination for your four-legged friend.