Veterinarian Cold Lasers:
When working with animals, they are usually nervous from the beginning and doctors usually know but untrained technicians don't always know if the dog is yelping from pain or from a laser that is burning them. I am not against Class IV lasers but this is where most of the complaints come in.
When dealing with animals safety should come first. Dogs are getting hurt all the time and the owners have no idea. Most of the lasers are class III and are not powerful enough or they take too long and high traffic clinics usually don't spend enough time with the laser on the pets due to time constraints. Only a few clinics have Class IV laser with divergent beam technology as it is quite expensive for a veterinarian buying a laser for the first time. I have never heard horror stories of animals getting burned with divergent lasers. I have technicians calling me all the time and asking if the laser is hurting the dogs coming in. The veterinarian says it doesn't but the real complaints don't seem to say it's not.
To be on the safe side, I would make sure that the laser is not only approved for pet use but for human use as well as their are different standards that have to be met. It is just safer for everyone.
Cats don't need such powerful lasers that will penetrate over 20 centimeters but horses, for example, might need that strength. If it burns the tissues from a technician who really doesn't know what they are doing and the veterinarian doesn't make sure they know how to use the laser, then trying to stimulate and repair the tissues on these pets will actually cause more problems because it is harming the tissues. If it were my pet I would only use a Class IV laser if the veterinarian has been trained first. Many are so eager to start using it that they don't learn how to use it yet. It is an art. If it is held too long over something it can burn it. Divergent beams can help but you still need to know what you are doing with it. It can only stimulate to a point before too much energy is delivered and burning happens. If a technician is going to use the laser, a divergent beam class IV laser or a high powered Class III laser might be a better choice.
Although it can reduce inflammation, too much can cause more inflammation. If you read my site you would know the difference between inhibiting and non-inhibiting lasers.
There has to be enough light energy to make a chemical change in the tissues of the animals and you can't ask them if it feels better. Although it is better to have less power than too much when dealing with animals, having the right power with a trained veterinarian is the safest way to go. With all the companies saying you can use their laser on anything from a cat to a horse, it is hard for a veterinarian to weed out the truths. I won't say one is better than the other but I am the person who gets feedback from veterinarians that have bought lasers from other companies that ask me why they aren't getting results with their laser. It is usually because they aren't trained on how to use it and often they bought a laser that is not powerful enough for some pets but powerful enough for others.
Please, if you are going to use a cold laser on pets make sure that it is powerful enough and has the right wavelength to treat the issues the pets come in for. The high powered cold lasers should be considered a medical device that can stimulate the repair of tissues, not just temporarily relieve pain. This is scamming the owners out of their money, and I will see to it that this doesn't happen.
Update: I will not sell lasers that are not FDA cleared. Too many doctors have gotten sued since I started this site. I will let everyone know which lasers are now approved
I will never trash talk lasers that did not get approved or those that were never cleared with the FDA. See my requirements for lasers that are not FDA cleared.
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