ALTERNATE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OPTIONS
Kelowna Veterinary Hospital believes alternative therapies can be beneficial to all pets. What if there was a non-invasive, drug-free, and relatively inexpensive way to treat joint issues like arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, surgical wounds, and a host of other conditions in your animal… one that would cause them absolutely no pain and that they may even like? Enter Cold Laser Therapy.
Traditional veterinary medicine has made spectacular advances in the past few years and remains essential to the well-being of our companions. However, this is also the case for the different alternative medicines. Our clinic is equipped with a Class IV Cold Laser to help ease your animal's pain, and promote healing. Contact us today to consult with our veterinarians and find the best treatment plan for your pet.
Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) FAQ
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. CLT treats the surface of the skin, while hot laser treatments affect deeper tissues. This therapy uses a Class IV low-level laser to treat a variety of conditions by encouraging the cells of the body to heal. The medical term for this is Photobiomodulation, which roughly means using light to change the body.
How does the laser work in the body?
The laser wavelength is one that can penetrate the skin to reach different depths within the body. It delivers energy directly to cells which causes an increase in cellular activity, including increased ATP (cellular energy) production. Treatments are specific to your type of pet, their condition, and where on/in the body the problem is.
What are the benefits of this laser therapy?
It can reduce pain and inflammation, increase blood flow, and promote healing. Laser therapy doesn't just treat the symptoms; often it can address the root cause.
What can cold laser therapy treat?
There are many conditions that can be improved by the application of laser therapy, such as sore muscles/muscle spasms, stiff joints, arthritis, post-surgical healing, wounds, and neuropathy.
Is it safe?
With little to no side effects, laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive and painless way to treat your pet's ailments. It is safe for pregnant pets.
What will my pet feel?
The laser device looks like a microphone, with a smooth rounded glass head that gently glides or hovers over the injured area. When the laser is being emitted, it feels warm to the touch.
How will my pet feel after?
Like humans, everyone reacts differently. Most patients experience relief after one treatment, although the odd pet will get more sore after the first treatment, see improvement by the second. This is similar to when you visit a chiropractor or massage therapist for the first time in a while; your body is sore and stiff after. The benefit is seen more with successive treatments.