Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford offers laser therapy for dogs and cats. This powerful, pain-free and surgery free treatment uses modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed up the healing process of inflamed or damaged tissues. We use a class IV, low level, cold laser which is one of the safest and most effective lasers in the field.

This non-invasive, massage-like therapy uses lightwave technology to gently stimulate cells deep in the pet’s tissue. In short, it gently, yet powerfully speeds up the body’s own healing power.

What can Cold Laser Therapy be used for?
  • Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Back Pain (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
  • Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
  • Wounds (Trauma)
  • Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Acute or chronic otitis (Ear problems)
  • Anal Gland inflammation
  • Periodontitis (Gingivitis)
  • Hot Spots
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Idiopathic Cystitis – (Bladder Inflammation)
  • Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Nasal problems)
What is Cold Laser Therapy?

This non-invasive, massage-like therapy uses light wave technology to gently stimulate cells deep in the pet’s tissue. In short, it gently, yet powerfully speeds up the body’s own healing power.

How do I find out if it is right for my pet?

If your cat or dog has limited mobility or suffers from chronic pain, laser therapy might help. Book an appointment online or call us to set up an appointment at Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford 407-585-4440.

What does Cold Laser Therapy feel like?

The treatment is entirely pain-free. The patient experiences a mild warmth or tingling sensation. Many pets find the sensation of laser therapy calming. The laser helps soothe their pain.

What happens when my pet gets treated?

Each session takes ten to fifteen minutes, depending on the number of areas treated. The therapy is performed by one of Newman’s specially trained animal care technicians. You are welcome to stay with your pet during the treatment. The treatment is painless, so anesthesia is not required. For most patients, laser therapy does not require sedation. Pets may go home immediately after treatment.

What are the side-effects?

Low level, cold laser therapy is one of the safest therapies available. Some of the disadvantages to it are the pain relief may not be immediate. Unlike a traditional pain medication that starts working immediately, your pet may need a few treatments to start noticing the full benefits of pain relief. Low-level cold laser therapy takes a series of treatments, usually 8 to 30, depending on the severity and duration of the condition. Patients often have to return to the doctor for treatments at least 2 to 4 times per week.

How soon will my pet feel pain relief?

Laser therapy is cumulative in nature; a series of visits is required to get the greatest benefit. In some cases, however, improvement will be noticeable after the first visit! In general, the majority of patients will show greater comfort and improved mobility after the first visit and this will improve with each therapy session. The pets we have treated have all shown positive results. Often they are able to cut down or even eliminate pain medications like Rimadyl and Previcox. In most cases, the results have even been remarkable.

How does Laser Therapy work scientifically?

Infrared laser light interacts with tissues at a cellular level increasing the energy available to the individual cells. With more energy available, the cells are able to speed up the process of absorbing nutrients and flushing out waste products, thus accelerating the growth and healing of tissue. Exposure to laser light helps repair tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Laser light also stimulates the development of fibroblasts, the building blocks of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein required to replace old tissue and repair tissue injuries. It’s helpful in treating tissue damaged from cuts, scratches, burns, and surgery.