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Cold Laser Therapy

At Companion Animal Hospital, our veterinarians use cold laser therapy treatment as a treatment option for painful inflammatory conditions that is as non-invasive as possible for dogs, cats and other pets in the Santa Cruz area.

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What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is an innovative therapeutic treatment that has only grown in popularity as veterinarians have discovered its usefulness in helping pets to recover from illness and injury. 

Our vets are passionate about providing pets with the highest quality treatment. Cold laser therapy provides a safe, effective and non-invasive way to alleviate pain and encourage your pet's return to their normal, healthy and happy selves. 

A wide variety of conditions can be improved with the use of cold laser therapy. These include joint and muscle pain, muscle spasms and the symptoms of arthritis.

Cold Laser Therapy, Santa Cruz Veterinarians

What are cold lasers?

Cold laser therapy uses an LED (light-emitting diode) or low-intensity (or "cold") laser to stimulate the growth and healing process of your pet's cells in order to improve their healing ability and relieve their pain. 

The kind of light emitted by a laser determines the depth of tissue it affects. The higher the wavelength (green, blue or purple colored light), the deeper into your pet's body the laser penetrates. Likewise, the lower wavelengths of light (like red) will be absorbed by your pet's skin.

How is a cold laser used?

A handheld laser wand is moved back and forth over the area that is causing your pet's health issue or injury.

Your pet will feel a pleasant and warm feeling in the area of their body receiving treatment and likely will find it enjoyable and relaxing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes. The number and frequency of these treatments will depend on your pet's specific healthcare needs.  

Uses for Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy has a wide range of uses and is highly effective when used in conjunction with traditional medications and other veterinary treatments. 

Laser therapy promotes circulation and encourages cell regeneration, benefiting the following procedures and conditions:

  • Wounds
  • Bone Fractures
  • Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Dental Procedures
  • Lick Granuloma

Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Therapeutic laser treatments offer a wide range of benefits to your pet. When a pet receives low-intensity laser treatment, the specific wavelengths of the light prompt an alteration of the physiology of their tissues and cells.

  • Increases blood perfusion
  • Encourages bone healing
  • Increases wound healing
  • Reduces edema (swelling)
  • Enhances neovascularization
  • Accelerates mitochondrial cell metabolism
  • Reduces inflammation and associated pain

The Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Process

Cold laser therapy generally involves the movement of a handheld laser wand back and forth over the part of your pet's body that has sustained an injury or is causing them serious health issues. 

Your pet will feel a pleasant and warm feeling in the area of their body receiving treatment and likely will find it enjoyable and relaxing. Cold laser therapy sessions at our veterinary hospital generally last about 20 minutes.

The number and frequency of these treatments will depend on your pet's specific healthcare needs. 

At Companion Animal Hospital, we use a Companion Animal Laser to treat both complex and day-to-day health issues ion our beloved patients. 

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Companion Animal Hospital is currently accepting new patients! Our friendly vets are experienced in caring for the needs of Santa Cruz's companion animals including cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Contact us today to schedule your pet's first appointment.

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