Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy

Gulf Coast Veterinary Center of Tampa proudly offers cold laser therapy for your pets!

This innovative, non-invasive treatment is designed to reduce pain, inflammation, and healing time and is rapidly becoming the standard of care in both human and veterinary medicine. Our laser therapy is administered via a handpiece that emits therapeutic infrared light in a fast, drug-free, and soothing treatment. The light can treat surface problems such as wounds and deeper structures, penetrating through fur, skin, and fat if necessary to reach damaged tissue.

The therapeutic infrared light targets the mitochondria in damaged cells and stimulates them to regenerate and return to optimal function. This regenerative process is called photobiomodulation (PBM). PBM does not impact normal cells, but it can help damaged cells recover from injury faster.

Laser therapy can be utilized in addition to other treatments, often reducing or replacing the need for pain medications. It can also be an excellent option for pets who cannot take certain pain medications due to reduced kidney or liver function.

Can Laser Therapy Help My Pet? 

Laser therapy is an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Wounds
  • Arthritis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Pain Relief
  • Post-Operative Recovery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric Care
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Otitis
  • Dental Conditions
  • Fractures
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • And more!

What are Treatments Like?

Laser therapy treatments are fast and pain-free, making them well-tolerated by most pets. There is no clipping or shaving required for the treatment area. When your pet arrives for therapy, they will be situated in a comfortable position and may be fitted with laser-safe doggles. If you remain with your pet during therapy, you will also receive laser-safe eyewear to wear during treatment.

Treatments take approximately 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area and the condition being treated. During this treatment, your pet will experience a soothing warmth that often relaxes patients—and sometimes makes them go to sleep!

Some conditions require several treatment sessions for optimal outcomes, and we will tailor a treatment plan specific to your pet’s needs.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a cold laser therapy consultation for your pet, call us at (813) 746-3979!