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Cold Laser Therapy

Laser treatment is a treatment we offer for pain control after surgery, generalized pain and wounds.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

You may have heard of or received cold laser therapy to facilitate the healing process of many human conditions. Well, cold laser therapy has finally found its place in veterinary medicine. And, Petworks Veterinary Hospital is proud to be able to incorporate it into treatments to maximize healing.

Cold laser therapy is very different than use of a surgical laser. Cold laser therapy treatment involves using a lower wavelength than with laser surgery. The lower wavelength with cold laser therapy is intended to affect the tissue without causing damage. In contrast, the surgical laser is more powerful in order to cut or cauterize tissue.

The laser light can be focused on one specific area of your pet’s body. The laser can penetrate the skin without heating it or damaging it. The laser’s wavelength can be adjusted to treat superficial problems such as wounds or deeper tissues for a muscle injury diagnosis. It is a service we offer for non-invasive, painless and drug-free treatment.

Why Would My Pet Benefit from Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is frequently used at Petworks to treat a wide range of conditions. The most common recommended uses are to reduce inflammation and pain related to musculoskeletal problems (such as arthritis). The cold laser therapy is also used after surgery to facilitate wound healing and a reduction in post-surgical pain. There are many other conditions that would benefit from cold laser therapy.

What Happens During My Pet’s Cold Laser Therapy Treatment?

Dr. Callicott will recommend cold laser therapy for your furry friend’s best treatment for recovery. Dr. Callicott will create a treatment protocol to maximize your pet’s best outcome.

The equipment can be brought into the exam room with you and your pet. Your pet’s hair may need to be clipped to maximize the benefit of the cold laser therapy. The application settings will be determined by Dr. Callicott. Dr. Callicott will also prescribe how many times a week the cold laser therapy should be given. A device that is called a sound head will be run over the effected area with the prescribed wavelength and time.

The treatment itself is painless and safe. Some pets find it very soothing. session usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Your pet will wear protective goggles to protect their eyes from the laser. And, if you want to join in on the fun then you get a fancy pair too!

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