Apex Animal Hospital

Cold Laser


Dr. Thomi peforms a post-operative laser treatment

Apex offers cold laser treatment using a Class III laser for the treatment for a variety of painful and inflammatory conditions ranging from arthritis and otitis to open wounds and cystitis.  Ask your veterinarian if your pet might benefit from laser therapy.

How does it Work?

Laser therapy works to relieve pain and inflammation at four levels.

1. Absorbed laser energy stimulates teh release of B endorphins, increases nitric oxide release, stabilizes the membrane potential of nerve cells, decreases teh amount of circulating Substance P and bradyckinin levels, and increase the threshold of pain perception.

2. Laser therapy promotes microcirculation by increasing vasodilation and promotes lymphatic flow thereby reducing inflammatory edema.  Photonic energy inhibits the syntheses of inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandin.

3. Photobiomodulation stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, the cells that produce essential collagen for tissue repair. Increased leukoctye and macrophage activity occurs atthe wound site due to the stimulatory effect laser light has on the vascular system.  Small capillaries are regenerated at a faster rate after laser stimulation.

4.   Chromophore stimulation in the mitochondria increases synthesis of ATP, RNA, DNA, and cellular proteins causing accelerated tissue repair and cell growth.