Cold Laser Therapy

About Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been in use around the world for over 30 years, thanks to Dr. Rife and his research team, but is only recently being utilized by veterinarians in the U.S.A & Canada. It is a unique therapy that uses a specific wavelength of coherent light that provides a profound healing and analgesic effect on the body. The Family Pet Hospital team is proud to offer cold laser therapy treatments to our patients.

Lasers can be used for acute and chronic conditions. Our Low frequency specific cold laser is not limited in its use to just musculo-skeletal conditions as some of the other lasers in the market.  It can induce bio-modulation, regeneration and healing of ALL tissues in the body, providing amazing results and comfort to the pet. So when pets like our patient ‘Squirt’ suffer from chronic bronchitis and inter-vertebral disk disease, we can take care of both with the use of one instrument.

Cold LLLT is used to treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds (speeds tissue repair from trauma and burns)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Conditions (inflammatory, allergic, immune, etc.)
  • Muscle Strains and Tears
  • Degenerative Conditions such as Navicular Syndrome
  • Post Surgical Pain
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Bone Fractures (speeds healing)
  • Acute and Chronic Joint Pain
  • Feather Picking
  • Hip Dysplasia

How it Works…

Our cold laser uses a beam of light that’s ommited at a specific frequency and is applied onto a specific target site of the pet’s body for timed intervals. This light is absorbed by those target site’s damaged cells and stimulates them to produce more ATP cellular energy. This promotes the overall cellular function in that site to increase, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells for healing to occur.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no known side effects from the administration of cold laser therapy.  Technicians administering treatment and owners present during therapy must wear protective eye wear.

Laser Sessions…

For most conditions, it is recommended to do 13-14 initial laser sessions to get the full effect and often resolution of the condition. After completion of the series, reminder laser (and/or VOM treatments) could be performed as needed, and if needed. The laser treatments can be done in an intensive schedule over 2-3 weeks or can be spread out over a longer time span. The laser treatments are cumulative, so even if not done intensively, the same desired effect will be reached only at a later point in time. Treatment sessions on our patients are performed by one of our veterinarians or trained technicians, with their owners supportively by their side.

There are three treatment schedules that we use on a regular basis depending on the condition and the client preference or schedule/financial restrictions:

1. Acute/Intensive schedule:

  • Twice daily x 3 days (at least 90 minutes apart)
  • Once daily x 3 days
  • Twice weekly for 2-3 weeks

2. Chronic Schedule

  • 1x/day x 3 days
  • 3x/week for 2 weeks
  • 2x/week for 2-3 weeks

3.“Try and See” Schedule :

  • 2-3x/week for 8 treatments

Schedule a FREE Laser Therapy Consultation and we will be happy to discuss a treatment plan and pricing information on all our Cold Laser Therapy packages.

Check out this before and after video of a dog that suffers from a condition known as laryngeal paralysis, essentially making it very difficult for the dog to breathe.

And after laser treatment – note how much quieter and more restful the pet appears


The Family Pet Hospital has had great results with VOM and nutritional supplements with this disease but the laser definitely adds another dimension in healing with its ability to, not only enhance neuronal communication, but actually incite regeneration of nerves.

Check out these two sites for more information on this new technology that we can now offer your pets at The Family Pet Hospital: and

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