How does laser therapy for dogs work?
Laser therapy for dogs is also called Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser or Class 4 Laser Therapy. The laser stimulates cell regeneration and increases blood circulation. It increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which helps to reduce inflammation and decrease pain.
How long is each session and how many sessions does a dog need?
Usually each area treated is less than a minute. This varies depending on the strength of the laser. Most lasers used are a class 3 or 4. The stronger the laser the less time needed for each area. You can stay with your dog to help comfort them during the procedure but are required to wear protective eyewear.
What conditions can laser therapy for dogs treat?
- Muscle, ligament, tendon and soft tissue injuries
- Back pain
Degenerative Disc Disease (Intervertebral Disc Disease in dogs)
- Speeds healing of infections (ex. ear infection)
- Hot spots and wounds
- Hip Dysplasia
- Aid in recovery from surgery
- Lick granuloma
- Nervous system injury or neurological conditions
- Reduce formation of scar tissue
- Immunoregulation (helps regulate immune system)
- Anal gland infections
Is laser therapy painful or uncomfortable?
No, your dog will actually become more relaxed during treatment. Tension and pain relief from the treatment can sometimes make dog's fall asleep.
Are there any side effects or risks?
There are no known side effects and is considered effective by most veterinarians. However, a laser should not be used near a tumor since it can accelerate the growth. Also, if your dog has cancer laser therapy should not be used. If your dog is pregnant the laser should not be used over their uterus.
Are there other treatments besides laser therapy?
Depending on the issue physical therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy can help as part of a treatment plan for your dog.
How much does it cost?
Each session is usually between $40 to $100, but packages can be bought. This reduces the cost of each visit. You can space the visits based on your dog's needs.
How do I schedule a laser therapy appointment?
You can contact your veterinarian to see if they are a laser therapy veterinary. You can also search online for a laser therapy veterinary. Make sure you find out what type of laser they use and read reviews online.
Another option is to buy or rent a laser, but do your research. Many lasers you can buy do not work well because the strength of the laser is too weak to be effective. A laser therapy veterinary should be able to answer your questions regarding dog laser therapy at home.
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