As I told you, DeDe got a cold laser treatment at the vet’s office as a part of her treatment for arthritis.
Cold therapy, also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), is an experimental treatment but some find it to be effective with short-term relief from pain in joints caused by arthritis. The therapy has also been used as an alternative to acupuncture for those who fear needles.
Because it is an experimental treatment, it’s recommended that you know what kind of machine is being used. Some have been found to be no more than an LED light.
And while some tout this treatment as effective for anything from quitting smoking in humans to healing lick granulomas in dogs, the truth is there is no scientific evidence to prove it does any of those things.
I’m not telling you to use or not use this treatment. I’m telling you to do your homework, as I am, in deciding if it’s right for you to use.
Have YOU used cold laser therapy? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Here’s some links where you can learn more about cold laser therapy:
Here’s a 2010 blog post by SkeptVet that links to studies on the effectiveness of cold laser therapy
Here’s what the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation has to say about the treatment
And here’s a news story about a Western Pennsylvania family whose dog recovered from paralysis. Cold laser was used.