Veterinary General

53217 Hayes
Shelby Township, MI 48315


Cold Laser Therapy

Drug-free, Surgery-free, Pain-free, Relief For Your Companion.

Veterinary General is offering Cold Laser Therapy treatments.  As our best friends age, recover from trauma, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains this technology offers relief.  Pets benefit from reduced inflammation and pain and show an increased range of motion and show mobility earlier in the recovery process.  Veterinary medicine, chiropractors, and sports medicine (including major league sports teams) are embracing this new technology!


What conditions can be treated with cold laser?

Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats.  Treatable conditions include:

  • Joint injuries 
  • Ligament or tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions or abrasions
  • Post-trauma wounds
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nerve injury

What does the cold laser do?

Cold laser uses a beam of light to stimulate damaged cells to produce more energy.  The overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells.  The new cellular activity aids in:

  • Alleviating chronic or acute pain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing swelling
  • Increasing circulation 
  • Speeding up healing and recovery 
  • Release of endorphin, the body's natural pain reliever 

What are the treatments like?

After our veterinarian has prescribed a treatment regimen, treatments are performed by a technician and owners remain with their pet.  The laser is applied directly to the surface of the skin or held just above the skin if direct contact is too painful.  Therapy usually needs multiple administrations within the first one to two weeks of treatment.  After the initial set, treatments are spread progressively further apart until the maintenance level needed by your pet is reached.    

Are their 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.    


"When Dr. Barta was first contemplating a cold laser unit for Veterinary General, I remember being skeptical.  During our demonstration, my dog Locke had his first experience with cold laser therapy because he was awaiting surgery for an ACL (cruciate) tear.  He showed improvement that afternoon!  I was amazed and looked forward to continuing his therapy.  A few months later we got the cold laser unit and Locke, with help from the laser, was showing improvement with each session.  Locke, being a worry wart at the vet office, surprised me when he began to nap during treatments!  

As a Veterinary Assistant (and currently a Vet Tech student), I enjoy administering the cold laser treatments to our patients here.  It is very rewarding to see our patients mobility improve and hear stories of dogs playing like a puppy again."

Cathryn Fields, Veterinary Assistant

For more information view our flyer on Cold Laser or visit the Companion Therapy Laser Website