Cold Laser Therapy

posted: by: Dr. Hill and Dr. Nelson Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Drug-free, Surgery-free, Pain-free, Relief For Your Companion

The Plattsmouth Animal Hospital is offering Cold Laser Therapy treatments.  As our pets age, recover from trauma, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains this technology offers relief.  Pets benefit from reduced inflammation and pain and show an increased range of motion and show mobility earlier in the recovery process.  Veterinary medicine, chiropractors, and sports medicine (including major league sports teams) are embracing this new technology!


What conditions can be treated with cold laser?

Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats.  Treatable conditions include:

  • Joint injuries
  • Ligament or tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions or abrasions
  • Post-trauma wounds
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nerve injury

What does the cold laser do?

Cold laser uses a beam of light to stimulate damaged cells to produce more energy.  The overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells.  The new cellular activity aids in:

  • Alleviating chronic or acute pain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing swelling
  • Increasing circulation 
  • Speeding up healing and recovery 
  • Release of endorphin, the body's natural pain reliever 

What are the treatments like?

After our veterinarian has prescribed a treatment regimen, treatments are performed by a technician and owners remain with their pet.  The laser is applied directly to the surface of the skin or held just above the skin if direct contact is too painful.  Therapy usually needs multiple administrations within the first one to two weeks of treatment.  After the initial set, treatments are spread progressively further apart until the maintenance level needed by your pet is reached.    

Are their any risks involved?

There are no known side effects from the administration of cold laser therapy.  


As a veterinary assistant here at the hospital, it can be difficult to watch our patients deal with discomfort and the stress that goes along with pain.  We have only been using the cold laser therapy since the beginning of 2016, and I have already seen it make a big difference in the life of one of my favorite patients. 

Blondie has been coming to our hospital since she was 3 years old, back in 2009.  Over the past couple of years she has been dealing with a lot of arthritis related pain.  We had the cold laser on a trial basis for a few weeks, and Blondie was one of our first test cases.  After the first couple of treatments, her owner was thrilled with Blondie's return to mobility.  There is really no possibility for a placebo effect with animals ... so when an animal is treated with a cold laser and then they return to normal behavior; it is obvious that the therapy is really making a difference.  And I love being able to help provide the therapy that helps my patients return to a more active life. 

 --- S. Halmes, Veterinary Assistant @ PAH since 2001