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What is the experience that any of you have had with Cold Laser Therapy for reducing inflammation?
It is always offered as a post operative to aid in the healing process and to me it would be hard to gauge how effective it is in these types of situations and i have always declined.
Any opinions would helpful!
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We used cold laser therapy on Kip's wrist; he was a problem licker, and created two or three lick granulomas over the years. The one on his wrist was a big problem. We'd get it almost healed; he would manage to get a couple of swipes in—if he disappeared into another room you knew he was licking somewhere—and it would be wide open again. For the few years he focused on it, he spent a lot of time in bandages and socks. The vet always said he was a closet licker.

The treatment did seem to make a difference. It didn't heal it on the spot, but it seemed like we could see an improvement right away and once it had healed, it didn't come back.

In that spot. He did manage to get another one going on his hock several years later. He had some kind of inflammation thing going on that made a big lump on the outside of the joint; it rubbed on the ground when he lay down. I can't remember what it was, but we had it removed, and we got control of the granuloma before it really became a big problem.

(Looking back, it may have been a mast cell tumor—it certainly flared up and swelled a lot when it was irritated by rubbing, and he did develop other mast cell tumors later.)

On Capri, we treated a stretched tendon (in addition to platelet-rich plasma injections.) It didn't seem to help with that, but I gather part of the deal with that treatment is that you immobilize and support the tendon in the proper position as it heals, and even though we had a brace custom made, we just couldn't get the fit right. It always rubbed, so it seems like she spent as much time with it off as on. Then she had her other problems, and we let the treatment of her wrist slip. It never seemed to bother her anyway.
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I think it would depend on what it's used for. Like Mel, I've had it used for lick sores with very good results.

If either my regular vet or my sports/rehab vet recommended it for something I'd trust their recommendations as both are very skilled, and don't recommend something without good evidence of its efficacy.
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My last girl came up lame one day went to my vet whom I trust and he used cold laser. It was a cute picture everyone was wearing dark glasses even my girl. Yes it did work I believe we had two treatments.
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Hi Alan...

Our senior was born with a neck issue that caused symptoms similar to Wobblers. We used many available methods to deal with this in order to remedy/correct the problem. Surgery, medication, and other recommenced treatments. As reducing swelling was was essential, one thing we tried was Cold Laser.

My DIL's father is our vet and he had just gotten a new cold laser set-up. He taught my son and his wife how to use it and we started Sheriff on treatments. They were quick, painless and (for us) free. Today Sheriff is pushing 11 and healthy. Although, he still walks a little weird! LOL. And, this was a pup who basically was given almost no chance surviving and living a normal life.

So... The bottom line? As this was just one of the many things we tried on The Sheriff, it is hard to say how much it helped over all. Still, my gut feeling is that it was beneficial and if Cold Laser treatments were suggested in the future as a means of attempting to reduce swelling, I would absolutely do it again.

Hope this helps.

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A few years ago Bella got a 2" bite wound on her chest and our vet offered cold laser therapy. It seemed to work very well to promote healing, and didn't cost that much, maybe 30$ per, I think they did it 3 times. In June 2020, when she was attacked by the neighbors off leash cane corso, and had three 2" bite wounds, the emergency vet didn't offer it and our regular vet was unavailable. I think it would have alleviated some of her suffering and the healing time would have been shorter.
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We used laser therapy for Brandy quite a bit. It started out on her neck/back and we eventually added her hip and knee. The tech and I used to joke that we were going to have to make a full body scan for her eventually! We did it in conjunction with chiropractic care and her Adequan injection. I always felt that those appointments helped. She definitely seemed sprier afterward. We did have to increase the frequency as she aged/her condition got worse (she had spondylosis). I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try!

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Hi Alan...

Our senior was born with a neck issue that caused symptoms similar to Wobblers. We used many available methods to deal with this in order to remedy/correct the problem. Surgery, medication, and other recommenced treatments. As reducing swelling was was essential, one thing we tried was Cold Laser.

My DIL's father is our vet and he had just gotten a new cold laser set-up. He taught my son and his wife how to use it and we started Sheriff on treatments. They were quick, painless and (for us) free. Today Sheriff is pushing 11 and healthy. Although, he still walks a little weird! LOL. And, this was a pup who basically was given almost no chance surviving and living a normal life.

So... The bottom line? As this was just one of the many things we tried on The Sheriff, it is hard to say how much it helped over all. Still, my gut feeling is that it was beneficial and if Cold Laser treatments were suggested in the future as a means of attempting to reduce swelling, I would absolutely do it again.

Hope this helps.

John Lichtwardt
Portland OR
Thanks John ,
I am dealing spinal issues but not associated with wobblers. I think a injury from a young age that has developed in some compression that is leading to limping. He has few other issues that have to be under control before surgery is to be planned and steroids are being ruled out for the short term. I do not pick up pain from him but that is hard tell sometimes with this guy.
He has had a few treatments but now going to have him on steady treatments for the foreseeable future based on the replies...i was offered treatment for my elbow to help make me a beleiver
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