As veterinary medicine continues to evolve, innovative treatments are emerging to enhance the comfort of senior companion animals. One such breakthrough is red light therapy, a non-invasive treatment that has shown promising medical benefits for dogs. Backed by research from reputable veterinarian journals, this therapy is shedding light on new ways to alleviate pain, accelerate healing, and improve overall canine health.
“The initial research is promising,” said Dr. Laurie Brush, founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. Dr. Brush returned recently from the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care conference, an organization for which she serves as a member of the board of directors. At the conference, hospice veterinarians from across the country studied new ways to manage pain in aging pets.
“Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation, has gained recognition for its efficacy in managing various forms of pain in dogs.”
Research published in the Journal of Veterinary Science and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has documented how red light therapy can alleviate discomfort caused by conditions like arthritis, muscle strains, and joint injuries.
The therapy works by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and reducing inflammation. It is a drug-free alternative that not only provides relief but also promotes faster healing. By encouraging the growth of new blood vessels and collagen, the therapy can also expedite the healing process of wounds and surgical incisions, as well as treat various dermatological conditions, such as hot spots.
Dogs with orthopedic conditions often find relief through red light therapy. Clinical studies, such as those published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, have shown that LLLT can improve mobility and reduce pain in dogs with hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). By increasing blood circulation to affected areas and reducing inflammation, red light therapy contributes to enhanced joint health and overall comfort for these canine patients.
“Red light therapy offers a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option with promising medical benefits for managing pain, enhancing orthopedic health, and improving quality of life,” Dr. Brush said.
“These types of innovations have the power to transform the way both veterinarians and pet parents care for senior dogs.”
If you are interested in renting a red light therapy device, please consult with your routine veterinarian or reach out to us for more information.