Questions have arisen recently as to whether or not LLLT/Photobiomodulation heals our Pets, as it does us…
The question, first posted in the Miami Herald, with regards to light therapy and pets asked: “Our Golden Retriever Amy recently had to have cruciate ligament surgery on her right leg, but now the left leg is having the same problems and we really don’t want to do surgery again. We’re thinking of having laser treatments on her knee instead. Does it really work?”
Our answer is as follows:
Cold laser therapy, Near Infrared Light Therapy (NIR), Low Level Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation is a non-invasive laser procedure that uses low infrared light to stimulate cell tissue regeneration and increase blood circulation throughout the body. This technology has been used on humans for decades, however it is a relatively new treatment option for our fury friends.
For pets, most NIR laser treatment sessions require only about 7-30 minutes. Most pets benefit from several treatment sessions spread over a few days oppose to a longer session. Benefits of the therapy include:
- Pain relief
- Relaxation of the pet
- Increased mobility
- Accelerated healing of the affected tissue
As the cold laser therapy is administered, most pets will relax into it, much like a human experiencing a good massage. The near immediate relief of pain allows the pet to quickly become comfortable and any initial anxiety that the pet may have been experiencing soon dissipates. Cats relax and often begin to purr; dogs sometimes fall asleep.
The science on LLLT healing helps us to understand that it reduces inflammation by infusing affected body tissues with light. This near-infrared light elicits a reaction that we believe forces damaged cells to regenerate.
Have you tried NIR/LLLT/PBM on your pet at home?