Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is also called low-level laser or class IV laser therapies. It is a useful approach for veterinarians to stimulate cell regrowth and increase blood flow to the targeted area. Cold laser approaches are an approach that helps to stimulate the upper layers or surface of the skin, while a hot laser can target areas that lie deeper in the body. The hot laser treatments do come with additional risks in the form of burning or cutting from the increased amount of targeted energy that is produced.
The cold laser therapy approach is used to help animals who have issues with arthritis, tendon, or other soft-tissue injuries. They can be more rapidly healed due to the increased blood flow that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the affected cells.
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Can I Purchase a Cold Laser?
Laser therapy requires an intimate knowledge of the process, potential side effects, and how to properly treat an affected area. Because the lasers can be improperly used and cause additional damage or injury, only doctors are allowed to purchase and own these machines. In addition, many veterinary offices have to weigh the cost of expensive machinery with their patients need.
At Bergen County Veterinary Center, we want to offer the best technology and treatment for your pets. This is why we have heavily invested in the right equipment so that our skilled staff can help your loved ones today.
What Types of Issues Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat?
Because cold laser therapy does not target the deeper layers of tissue, this approach should not be used to treat deep injuries. However, these can be difficult to identify. If you think that cold laser therapy might be an option for your pet, do not hesitate to call. We can help layout your treatment options.
There are a variety of different conditions that are well-suited for this laser therapy. These include:
Strains and sprains
Swelling in the back caused by disk problems
Nerve tissue treatment following surgery
Do Animals Like Therapy?
Laser therapy is not painful. In fact, many of our pets came in and lay down so that they can receive the treatment right away. Also, we encourage family members to pet or hold their animals during their treatment to help comfort them. We understand that some animals may be stressed simply by coming into the office, but the benefits of laser therapy can improve their reaction for future visits.
How Long do Treatments Last?
These sessions are completed very quickly, although the actual time will depend on the animal, animal size, and the nature of the issue. Most laser treatments last between just three and twenty minutes long. Because your pet can be awake through the treatment, animals that need multiple treatments may do so in a single day. We can also utilize various treatments throughout the course of a single week.
How to Start
If you are considering cold laser therapy for your animal, call our Bergen County Veterinary Center today and schedule an appointment. We will conduct a complete physical exam on your pet. This exam may also require x-rays so that we can get a comprehensive understanding of the issue. Once we have identified and diagnosed your pet’s condition, we will work with you to develop and agree on a treatment plan. Many of these plans call for several initial visits that can quickly be decreased as the condition improves.