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Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs at Forsyth Veterinary Hospital

It's always heartrending for a dog lover to watch elderly or injured canines limping and struggling painfully through life. When your pet is hurting, you want to help them feel better and/or heal faster; on the other hand, you don't to endanger his health further with large doses of pain medication if there's another answer. Here at Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, we have that answer-- cold laser therapy for dogs just like yours.

Dog receiving love and attention from the staff at Forsyth.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

If you've never heard of veterinary laser therapy, it's important not to confuse this form of treatment with the high-frequency surgical lasers that cut and cauterize. Cold laser therapy, also called low-level laser therapy or LLLT, uses frequencies of amplified light that aren't powerful enough to damage your pet's tissues in any way. But the beam is powerful enough to penetrate the skin and focus its energies on the tissues underneath -- tissues which may have sustained a recent injury or suffer from painful chronic inflammation.

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Dogs in Winston-Salem

What does veterinary laser therapy actually do? The laser beam stimulates the manufacture of a substance called ATP. ATP is the "fuel" cells need to repair and regenerate themselves; the more fuel they have, the more quickly and thoroughly they can heal injured tissues. The laser, therefore, accelerates your pet's ability to rehabilitate a troublesome soft tissue injury. The energy from the laser also improves circulation in the tissues, allowing them to expel inflammatory substances that cause pain and swelling. This makes veterinary laser therapy a great tool for relieving chronic pain in dogs that can't or shouldn't receive heavy painkillers. Our Winston-Salem veterinarian may prescribe cold laser therapy for dogs suffering from:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprain injuries
  • Strained muscles
  • Nerve damage
  • Surface wounds from recent injuries or surgical incisions
  • Fracture healing

What to Expect From Our Laser Treatment for Dogs

You'll find our laser treatment for dogs a remarkably simple and straightforward procedure. not only is it completely painless, but most dogs seem to find it a soothing and relaxing experience as we use a handheld device to direct the beam over the area requiring treatment. A typical cold laser treatment takes just a few minutes; how many sessions your pet may need depends on the severity and nature of the problem. Our Winston-Salem veterinarian, Dr. Ruth M. Gillis, will recommend the appropriate schedule of treatments to help your dog experience the full benefits of this non-toxic, nonsurgical pain relief solution.

Learn More at Our Veterinary Hospital in Winston-Salem Today!

If you've been searching for a drug-free way to help your pet cope with a chronic pain or an effective form of soft tissue rehabilitation,  cold laser treatment could be just what the doctor ordered. Contact our veterinary hospital in Winston-Salem at 336-750-6300. Schedule a consultation and find out whether it's the right treatment for your favorite canine!