Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy, is a non-medication option that can be used for the treatment of many diseases. The most common reason we use cold laser treatments in cats is for arthritis pain. It can also be used for wound and surgical healing, certain inflammatory diseases, and eye diseases. This therapy has been used in humans for over 25 years without the possible side effects of medications.
Benefits of laser treatment include:
- Pain control due to a decrease in inflammation
- Only the affected area is treated
- No systemic side effects or drug interactions
- Results are usually seen in the first 2-3 treatments
- Promotes healing of tissues after surgery or cartilage in the joints
For the treatment of surgical inflammation and wound healing, we give a single treatment at the end of the procedure directly over the healing tissue, lymph nodes, and directly over the spine where the pain sensations would be triggered. This relieves inflammation and speeds healing.
For arthritis, we give 2 treatments per week for the first two weeks, one treatment per week for the next four weeks, then as needed.
If you have any questions about laser therapy or would like to schedule your cat’s first session, contact our office today!