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Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs: Pain Free Recovery Treatment

Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

Among the newest technologies used to treat dogs or improve their overall quality of life is the cold laser therapy for dogs, also known as low impact or low light therapy. This is one of the treatment methods that was first tested on humans before the specialists figured it can also be beneficial for dogs. It is a noninvasive procedure that makes dogs feel better immediately, not forces them to go through a lot of stress and feel the effects later.

Veterinarians admit this is an expensive type of therapy and that not all of them afford to invest in such machineries. It is not a cheap treatment for dog owners either, but the results are always amazing and worth every penny.

Rebalancing energy deficit with cold laser therapy

The living organism is a complex energy structure, inside which health is defined by the ability to preserve the energy potential at normal values. The living system is an open system, subject to permanent exchanges with the aggressive environment. Because of the multiple aggressions from the external and internal environment, the normal energy state tends to be destroyed.

Sickness appears when the body is unable to restore its nominal energy values. This is a process that applies to both humans and dogs. Rebalancing the energy deficit determined by a disease assumes an energy intake characterized by energy quanta with identical wavelengths and power to those missing from the body. In other words, health can be restored if outside therapy is applied. This energetic rebalancing can be achieved in at least 3 ways, as it follows:

  • Dietary intake of foods that produce the deficient energy quanta
  • External administration of chemicals, which produce the needed energy quanta
  • Direct administration of energy quanta by using the exact wavelength and power used for healing particular disorders

The first 2 ways are known and used for a long time for energy rebalancing and healing. They are well known and relatively easy to administer, but they have a great disadvantage.

Laser therapy

After they are metabolized, they generate numerous intermediate structures that have harmful effects and that could cancel the initial beneficial effect. Simply put, the occurrence of side effects is a major inconvenient of both most used ways of treatment. The last way doesn’t have any harmful consequences and it often works a lot faster than the first 2. Relieving pain and healing fast are just a few of its amazing outcomes.

Cold laser therapy explained at length

The term “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser is an electromagnetic radiation with different wavelengths. The biological effects and their medical indications and treatment vary depending on the intensity of the laser radiation.

For example, there are 2 types of laser therapies applied on canines, namely the trigger point therapy, which uses between 1 megawatt and 500 megawatts, and tissue, skeletal, joint and ligament therapy that starts from 5 watts. The covered area is much smaller in the first example than in the second one. Usually, there is a close relation between power level, wavelengths and pulsing frequency.

It is believed that the power level has an over 50% importance in a dog’s treatment. This technology is applied using a superluminal diode that uses photons, which are energy particles. These photons are selectively absorbed by cell membranes and initiate numerous physiological responses that lead to the restoration of a cell’s function and structure. Moreover, cold laser does not destroy tissues, like hot laser does. It stimulates cells and tissues to heal themselves naturally.

Common dog affections treatable with cold laser

Since this therapy is easy to apply and its effects are not only amazing, but also accessible, its applicability is quite diversified. In dogs it can be used for joint injuries, ligament or tendon injuries, broken bones, muscle sprains or strains, skin lesions or abrasions, various wounds resulted from surgical incisions or in other circumstances, arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases or nerve injury. Any canine specimen that needs these aspects resolved is eligible for cold laser therapy.

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Because it is a noninvasive type of treatment, a dog’s skin is not affected at all and it doesn’t have to be hair free either.

Physiological effects of cold laser therapy

Among the physiological effects of cold laser therapy is:

  • Increased production of endorphins, which are a natural painkiller.
  • Production of cortisol, which is an anti-inflammatory hormone that stimulates the production of energy in the body.
  • Improvement of cellular metabolism and protein synthesis, as well as increased blood flow, lymph and oxygen levels in tissues and cellular energy.
  • Improvement of the dog’s immune system.
  • Rapid cell growth through activation of DNA synthesis.
  • Rapid healing of wounds and scars.
  • Reducing the formation of fibrous tissue that produces large scars by increasing collagen synthesis and blood flow in the affected area.
  • Anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Stimulation of peripheral nerves and central nervous system.
  • Elimination of rapid contractions due to intense analgesic effect.
  • Reduction of joint inflammation by stimulating cartilage regeneration in early stages of osteoarthritis.
  • Rapid recovery of affected structures.
  • Reabsorption of fluid buildup, also known as edema.

Duration and costs of low impact laser therapy

The exact duration of this type of therapy is unknown because it has to be determined according to the severity of a dog’s condition. While some pooches might have to come in for treatment 2 or 3 times per week, others could get better with just one session per week. A typical therapy session can last from 3 to 20 minutes. Again, the duration, frequency and intensity are established by the veterinarian according to the dog’s needs.

As mentioned before, this is not a cheap service and not all the veterinarians have the needed equipment to apply it. The costs vary from $40 to $45 every time the low impact laser service is used. Of course, many clinics have special offers and packages in case the treatments last for a longer while and they must be frequent too.

Stress free therapy for any dog

Since the cold laser therapy is not painful and it favors the release of endorphins, dogs are delighted when they have to attend a session. In addition, their owners are allowed inside the room with them, so separation anxiety is not something they will have to go through. Moreover, the treatment rooms have special rugs or baskets for dogs to make themselves comfortable in. Overall, even if it is a medical environment, it is also a dog-friendly environment.

Laser therapy close up

The whole point of therapy is to make a dog feel better, so ensuring the same conditions inside a clinic is also among their priorities.

Low light laser therapy success rate

Low light, cold or low impact laser therapy has a success rate of 70%. This happens because it doesn’t actually heal any affection, but it stimulates cells to heal themselves. Its efficacy is 100% in case dogs have wounds that need to heal faster or minor injuries that don’t require too much time to heal. However, in case of arthritis for example, low light laser therapy becomes some sort of routine because it can relieve a dog’s symptoms, but not cure its affection for good.

Older dogs are often the ones that benefit of this type of therapy, even if their owners are skeptical at the beginning. Trusting in a noninvasive treatment option is not something that comes easy to both veterinarians and dog owners. Proof only can bring them some piece of mind. Some doctors admit that this technology was useless a few years ago and that the new generation of equipment is much better and it actually generates results.

High impact conclusions on low impact laser

Painkillers and surgeries are never good options, unless they are the only options. In cases of both humans and dogs, any therapy that doesn’t involve an abuse of chemical substances or getting cut open should have priority. However, many veterinarians and dog owners were, or still are skeptical.

Based on numerous successful cases of dogs that feel much better thanks to cold laser therapy, the recommendation of such services comes natural. More and more veterinarians have invested in such devices and they are now specialized in applying such treatments. There are also a few individuals who wanted to buy a laser machine to use at home, but that is simply not affordable for them.

Cold laser therapy dog

A dog that has different tissue, joint, muscle or nerve problems can be taken to a professional for a clinical exam. Only a veterinarian can establish if a canine pet needs cold laser therapy or not.

Even if there are products on the market that can be purchased by anyone, under the form of flashlights or similar to them, they are not recommended. Since power, wavelength and pulsing frequency are so important no one can possibly expect results from such products that sell for around $500. Always rely on professional help rather than on dreamy offers that end up being no good.

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.

  • Dana Weather

    This is pretty new technology and it’s not very well known. There is not enough research in the area (sadly) because of inconclusive research and the mere fact that insurance doesn’t cover the costs! What I hold on to, however is that there are countless anecdotes that say cold laser therapy is more than a simple placebo effect. It seems too good to be true, but since it’s an option I have it is something I’ll take for my pooches once the time comes.

    • John Walton

      This is true, Dana. I wish more clinics and more pet parents are open to the idea. Associating laser to a treatment sways a lot of pet parents because of the thought that this is dangerous. It is a relatively safe procedure and the advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages if there are any.

  • Angela Pickles

    Our dog, a 10 year old Lab is slowing down and has difficulties getting up. Upon my vet’s advice, my dog was given Cosequin, aspirin and some fish oil. This article got me interested in trying laser therapy. Some of the folks in town who had their dogs undergo laser claimed it improved the condition of their pets. Has anyone here had first-hand experience with cold laser? Did your dog improved at all? How often should the treatments be done? Thanks!

    • John Walton

      The frequency of the treatment will depend on the severity of the case. It is s treatment option that can help improve your dog’s symptoms, and I really believe you should give it a try.

  • GraceTerrence

    One of our energetic dogs partially tore his ligament in the knee. Our vet suggested cold laser therapy. We want to know if any of you have tried it on your dogs? What can we expect?

    • John Walton

      Cold laser therapy is often used with prolotherapy to speed up the healing process of the torn ligament. It is generally painless and very safe procedure, and your dog can benefit from the hastened healing process.

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