Cold laser therapy can often be used as a supplemental treatment to repair tissues and relieve pain for your cat. In this post, our Sharpsburg vets explain the ins and outs of the treatment, what’s involved and what you can expect.
What is cold laser therapy for cats?
Cold laser therapy (also referred to as low-level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy) uses focused light to increase blood circulation and stimulate the regeneration of cells.
This drug-free, non-invasive treatment is used to treat inflammatory conditions. It has recently been used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments to treat soft tissue or tendon injuries, as well as arthritis. It can also help to speed up wound healing.
Does cold laser therapy work on cats?
Yes. Pet laser therapy has been deemed safe and effective by the veterinary industry. It is useful in treating diseases, injuries, and conditions such as tissue injuries (including strains and sprains) and arthritis.
We often use it to supplement other treatment options to give our pet patients an improved outcome.
As for benefits, laser therapy can:
- Enhance circulation
- Decrease nerve sensitivity
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Speed the healing process
In addition, laser therapy does not have any negative side effects and no sedation is required. We also do not need to clip or shave the area being treated.
What conditions can cold laser therapy treat?
Laser therapy encourages cell regeneration and increases circulation, benefiting the following conditions and procedures:
- Bone Fractures
- Strains & Sprains
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lick Granuloma
- Dental Procedures
- Post-Surgical Recovery
Does laser therapy hurt cats?
There should be no pain for your cat if the veterinarian performing the treatment is well-trained and experienced in administering laser therapy and the treatment is performed correctly.
In fact, in our experience when the vet waves a handheld laser wand back and forth over injured tissue, this seems to produce a pleasant sensation that most pets seem to find soothing or relaxing.
During a session, all veterinary staff and patients must wear protective goggles, as laser beams directed at an eye are capable of causing permanent damage to both human and canine retinas.
How often should my cat get cold laser therapy?
Over time, the effects of cold laser therapy are cumulative. For best results, treatments should be completed at the frequency recommended by your veterinarian.
How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?
The length of sessions varies depending on the area being treated and how much energy is being delivered through the laser. A typical laser therapy session lasts between 5 and 20 minutes.
Before treatment, we will perform a full physical exam, in addition to x-rays if required, to determine whether cold laser therapy is the right treatment option for your pet.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.