Orlando Low Level Laser Therapy for Pets

What is Low Level Laser Therapy (also Known as Cold Laser Therapy) and How Does it Work

Therapeutic low level laser treatment (or cold laser) is a modality that stimulates natural cellular healing within the body using various wavelengths of laser light also known as Photobiomodulation which used to treat a variety of conditions in dogs, cats and horses from acute to chronic.

For a more in-depth discussion of how photobiomodulation works and how cold laser therapy in our Orlando clinic can help your pet please watch this short video.

Photobiomodulation Video

Dr. ChichraOur Orlando clinic has an advanced model (Companion CTX Laser) unit that supplies three separate wavelengths of laser light at 810nm, 980nm, and 650nm to help eliminate pain, swelling and increase functionality. The first two wavelengths are meant to be in the therapeutic range and the last mostly as an aiming beam.

The 810nm wavelength is best for a deeper tissue penetration and interaction with the mitochondria to trigger healing in the cells whereas the 980nm wavelength focuses on interaction with tissue to cause a reduction of swelling and pain. By using a combination of the wavelengths it is thought to provide the best option for reduced pain and faster healing for your pet.

The Companion CTX veterinary laser machine itself looks like a small computer with a handheld, flashlight looking device that is attached to the machine which delivers the laser light to the patient. As a side note this is the exact same machine that chiropractors use on humans, but with the vet version it has veterinary protocols vs. human protocols.

Therapeutic Laser Applications for Treating Pets

Veterinary therapeutic lasers have been successful for a wide range of conditions from nose to tail. Some examples conditions we treat at our clinic with laser therapy include:

- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia

- General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)

- Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)

- Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)

- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)

- Ear infections

- And a lot more

Laser Classification and Why Laser Power is Important for Dosing

Our Veterinary Cold Laser is a class 4 therapy laser with continuous beam output of up to 15 Watts. This equates to up to 15 Joules per second. We will get back to the importance of these figures in a minute.

The laser classifications are as follows:

Class 1 - The weakest class of laser in with low power output

Class 1M - Is a laser that is the same power as class 1, but this is an international classification

Class 2 - Lasers only in the visible spectrum of light (400nm-700nm wavelength) with a low power output of 0.001 Watt continuous beam or lower. This is the class of most laser pointers

Class 3R - Slightly more powerful than class 2 with power levels above 0.001 Watt up to 0.005 Watt

Class 3B - This is considered the entry level to therapeutic lasers with power outputs from above 0.005 Watt up to 0.5 Watt. This classes maximum power is only 1/2 of a Watt.

Class 4 - Above 0.5 Watts continuous beam. Our laser is up to 15 Watts continuous beam or 15 Joules per second.

Most research groups and the majority of research papers identify the dose delivered to a patient based on energy density which is measured in units of Joules per square centimeter (J/cm2).

Now the important part. If a recommended minimum dosage for treatment, for instance, in a chronic arthritic dog, was 500 Joules of total energy over a 10-centimeter-wide area the amount of time to administer this amount of energy (the dose) to the area at 15 Joules per second would be 30 times faster than the strongest class 3B laser.

If it took a class 4 therapy laser just 5 minutes for this sized area dosage, it would take a class 3B laser 2 and a half hours to administer the same dose to that same area! There is no way you could sit that long for treatment and that is why our high powered class 4 veterinary laser is so much more effective than their lower powered counterparts.

Our Orlando clinics' therapy laser has the ability to measure and display the amount of energy dosage in Joules for the treatment to make it easy to compare dosages from our laser to other lasers. Make sure the dose is adequate for the condition for your furry friends.

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