Therapeutic laser in veterinary medicine

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2015 Jan;45(1):45-56. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.09.003.


Laser therapy is an increasingly studied modality that can be a valuable tool for veterinary practitioners. Mechanisms of action have been studied and identified for the reduction of pain and inflammation and healing of tissue. Understanding the basics of light penetration into tissue allows evaluation of the correct dosage to deliver for the appropriate condition, and for a particular patient based on physical properties. New applications are being studied for some of the most challenging health conditions and this field will continue to grow. Additional clinical studies are still needed and collaboration is encouraged for all practitioners using this technology.

Keywords: Laser therapy; Photobiomodulation; Therapeutic laser; Veterinary laser treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Laser Therapy / veterinary*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / veterinary*
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods*