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Cold Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free option for treating a variety of painful and inflammatory conditions your pet may experience.

How does cold laser therapy work?

Lasers send a concentrated beam of light through the skin’s surface to release natural pain killers, produce energy needed for proper cell function, activate cells that clean up inflammation damage, suppress processes that cause damage, activate tissue repair and cell growth, and increase circulation.

Whether your pet is recovering from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or aging, he or she can benefit from cold laser treatment.

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What can cold laser therapy treat?

Cold laser therapy can help with the following procedures, diseases and conditions:

  • Strains & Sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Wounds
  • Fractures
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Dental Procedures
  • Post-Surgical Recovery

What are the benefits of cold laser therapy?

The primary benefits of cold laser therapy treatment are that it is non-invasive, quick to administer, and does not require surgery or drugs.

Clients are often moved by the effectiveness of the treatment, as they see their beloved pet's pain soothed away without the additional discomforts that may come with other treatments.

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FAQs About Laser Therapy


  • How long does laser treatment last?

    Individual laser treatments can last as little as 5 minutes, or as long as 20 minutes.

    There are many factors that will impact the total number of treatments required, but it is in the generally 8-15 minute range.

    Although pain may be relieved in fewer treatments, it is important to remember that the condition may need more treatments to be fully healed.

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  • What kinds of conditions can laster treatment help with?

    Laser therapy can be used for treatment of these common conditions in pets:

    • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
    • Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
    • Back pain
    • Ear infections
    • Gingivitis
    • Hot Spots and open wounds
    • Arthritis / hip dysplasia
    • Degenerative disc disease

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  • Will my pet experience any side effects from laser therapy?

    Laser therapy tends to be much less invasive than other traditional treatment methods and the risks are less than with other types of interventions.

    Laser therapy is considered both safe and effective across the veterinary industry.

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  • I think my dog is experience pain. Can laser therapy help?

    Most veterinarians consider laser treatments an excellent way to provide pain relief to a canine companion.

    Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through vasodilation (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which, in turn, reduces pain.

    Lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity.

    Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, your pet will experience less pain.

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  • Can laser therapy help with pet arthritis?

    Laser therapy is often used by veterinarians to help treat pet arthritis.

    This noninvasive procedure uses light to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation. Pain signals are reduced and nerve sensitivity decreases. The procedure also releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers.

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