Advanced Care

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug free, surgery free, and pain free treatment. Also called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy uses beams of light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Following treatment, pets experience less pain and swelling of the affected area, allowing for an increase in range of motion, mobility, and healing. Subsequent cold laser therapy sessions increase these benefits for your pet if used in rapid succession initially.

Cold laser therapy can be used for many ailments in both dogs and cats. Treatment is ideal for pets that have:

• Muscle, joint, tendon or ligament injuries
• Osteoarthritis
• Post-operative incisions or traumatic wounds
• Nerve damage

What Can I Expect with Cold Laser Therapy?
Once your VCA veterinarian has recommended cold laser therapy for your pet, treatment may be performed by your veterinarian or a veterinary technician. The laser is applied directly to the surface of the skin or held directly above in cases where the pet may experience pain from direct contact. Treatments should be a few times a week at first, and then gradually tapering off once relief is seen. Each session typically lasts about 20 minutes and owners are encouraged to stay with their pet to decrease anxiety and maximize comfort during treatment. There are currently no known side effects of cold laser therapy.

Ask your VCA veterinarian if cold laser therapy is right for your pet.