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Cold Laser Therapy: An Alternative Therapy to Medication and Surgery

If your dog is struggling with muscle injuries, recovery or age-related symptoms, laser therapy is a non-invasive and effective method to offer relief. In situations where medications or surgery are not options or are not working or producing side effects, laser therapy is a great alternative. This therapy continues to grow in popularity with both small and large animals because of its painless and seamless way to safely reduce pain and promote healing.

A few of the maladies laser therapy treats include:

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Disc disease

  • Degeneration

  • Diabetic neuropathy

  • Ear Inflammation

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Pre- and post-operative pain management and incision treatment

The Basics of Laser Radiation

Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification via Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This means that the photons are amplified by the physical process of the laser design. There are a number of terms used to describe low-level laser therapy (LLLT), including soft laser, low intensity laser, cold laser, photonic stimulation, biomodulation and many others.

Specifically, the term “cold laser therapy” assumes the laser emission is low enough so that the treated tissue temperature does not rise more than a few degrees Celsius above normal body temperature. Thus, there is no significant heating effect as there is with high power lasers.

Cold laser is not a widely found method, but many veterinarians will have this equipment in their offices. And there are other providers who offer this treatment with portable units and can come to your house – especially handy when you have an older, large, immobile dog.

If you’re interested in learning more or want to schedule a portable cold laser appointment, please email Paul (

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