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Laser Therapy for Pain Management

By Dr. Donald Consla, Lead Wellness Veterinarian, Animal Friends

Laser therapy, also known as Class IV laser or cold laser, is an anti-inflammatory treatment that Animal Friends’ Animal Wellness Center can offer pets for pain management. The medical term is photobiomodulation, which means “light energy that modifies the body’s response.”

Laser therapy is a tool that has been present in human medicine, particularly physical therapy, for decades and it has gained traction through its efficacy in the veterinary world over the past ten years.

So how does it work? The laser probe emits light energy, or photons, at a certain frequency and intensity. This light energy stimulates the cells of the body and increases their metabolism and blood flow to the treated ar