Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Injury Therapy
Pain management for your pet
Austin Animal Medical Center is proud to offer cold laser therapy – a treatment that uses therapy lasers, or “cold” lasers, to stimulate the body’s cells to promote healing and alleviate pain. Cold laser therapy is a valuable pain management tool, particularly for older dogs and cats with arthritis, or those with compromised livers that prevent them from being able to take pain medication.
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy, or low-level laser therapy, is a form of alternative medicine that applies low-level lasers to the body. Unlike high-power lasers that are used to cut tissue, cold lasers relieve pain and stimulate cell function from outside the body. Cold laser therapy:
- Stimulates the release of endorphins
- Causes vasodilation (the dilation of blood vessels)
- Promotes lymphatic flow, which brings more blood to the area and flushes out inflammatory mediators and swelling
- Accelerates tissue repair by increasing the rate of cell division and activating cells needed for repair
What conditions are treated with cold laser therapy?
Therapeutic laser has been incorporated into treatments for conditions including:
- Skin wounds
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Trigger points
- Lick granulomas
- Muscle injuries
- Nervous system injury and neurologic conditions
- Post-operative incisions and tissues
- Chronic pain
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Is my pet eligible for cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy has been successfully used on companion animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ducks, and sugar gliders. Wildlife such as owls, hawks, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, and turtles have also benefited from cold laser therapy. At Austin Animal Medical Center, doctors Gregg and Loretta Farmer will evaluate your pet and decide the best treatment plan for them. To find out if cold laser therapy is an option for treating your pet’s pain, give us a call at 512-832-4119 to schedule an appointment!
Does cold laser therapy hurt my pet?
Therapy lasers emit a pleasant warming sensation, and most patients seem to enjoy cold laser therapy sessions. It is non-invasive.
What are the long-term benefits of cold laser therapy?
Therapeutic laser has been shown to relieve both chronic and acute pain by controlling peripheral nerve function and nerve conduction velocities (how fast impulse moves through the nerves). Laser energy increases the speed of tissue repair by increasing local microcirculation (the circulation of the blood in the smallest blood vessels). It also stimulates the immune system and reduces inflammation. Laser energy also enhances collagen and muscle tissue development, which enhances healing.
The application of cold lasers can also help the natural formation of new blood vessels, and the modulation of degenerative tissue changes. It also enhances the healing of tendons, cartilage, and bones, and reduces swelling from injury.
Call doctors Gregg and Loretta Farmer at Austin Animal Medical Center today to see if cold laser therapy is the right treatment for your pet with chronic pain or injury: 512-832-4119