Everything to Know about Red Light Therapy for Pets

April 24, 2023

Red light therapy is a safe, effective treatment for pets widely used by veterinarians and studied by clinical researchers. Red light therapy can help animals reduce pain and inflammation as well as improve healing after injuries and surgeries. It is also an effective treatment for chronic conditions like arthritis.

What is Red Light Therapy and How is it Used for Animals?

Red light therapy has been studied and tested in hundreds of peer-reviewed clinical trials. In the last decade, red light therapy has become a popular treatment among veterinarians. It is frequently used in animal rehabilitation settings for pain and inflammation reduction as well as wound care and healing. It is also widely used by vets forarthritis treatment, pain relief, and injury healing. 

Many veterinarians still use low-level lasers to deliver red light therapy, but thanks to advances in LED technology, red light therapy like Kinreen are available that people can use with their pets at home. Kinreen uses light emitting diode (LED) lights that deliver correct wavelengths of red light in the 660nm range and wavelengths of NIR light in the 850nm range. Most pets love using Kinreen’s products , and with just a few sessions a week, you may see improvements in pet health such as increased energy and mobility and reduced pain and inflammation.


How does Red Light Therapy Work for Pets?

In simplest terms, red light therapy works for pets by helping animals make energy and regenerate tissues more efficiently at the cellular level.

When our pets sprain their ankles or cut their pads, their cells become damaged. As a result, their bodies need cell energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to repair damaged cells and tissues.

The photoreceptors in their body absorb red light. The light stimulates ATP production in the animal’s body that results in faster delivery of nutrients and better excretion of toxins. All of these processes are essential for the body’s healing.

Red Light also promotes better circulation as it stimulates Nitric Oxide production to help blood vessels remain flexible. Injured or damaged cells need proper blood flow for healing. Light therapy helps in the healing process by increasing blood flow to ensure enough nutrients and oxygen in the affected area.

Red light is beneficial for surface healing by helping tissues that are potent in hemoglobin. On the other hand, near-infrared light can work better on deeper wounds as it can pass through the animal’s body's deeper tissues.

Innovators like Kinreen uses the FDA-cleared Red Light Therapy pad that utilizes the combined technology of Red Light-emitting diodes that can penetrate the skin and infrared wavelengths that can heal muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Red light and near-infrared wavelengths are the ideal combination of surface and inner healing.

Aside from providing the cells with energy, the light also stimulates collagen production, which aids in repairing damaged tissues. Collagen is an essential protein that can help get rid of scars and wounds.


What Types of Animals Use Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy is beneficial for a wide variety of mammals, from humans to companion animals like horse , dogs and cats. Mammals have very similar cellular respiration processes so red light therapy has similar effects on ATP energy production. Veterinarians most commonly use red light therapy on pets like dogs and cats, but light treatments have also been used on various rodents, ferrets, pigs, horses, and others. If you’re curious about treating your animal with red light therapy for a specific condition, check with a trusted veterinary health professional. 


What are the conditions that can be addressed by Red Light Therapy?

Skin and Surface issues

· Surface wounds

· Hair loss

· Eczema

· Other Skin Conditions

· Wounds and Cuts

Deeper surface issues

· Arthritis

· Soft tissue injuries

· Ligament injuries

· Post-surgery Inflammation

· Pain, Inflammation, and Swelling

· hip dysplasia

· Tendon problems

· Strains and sprains

· Salivary gland problems

General Maintenance

· Maintenance of healthy joints and Bones

· Maintenance of healthy Cardiovascular system

· Maintenance of healthy Digestive system

· Healthy Vision

· Prevention of anxiety


Light therapy can be your best therapeutic tool in boosting your pet’s overall wellbeing. As a general rule, light therapy is a safe and non-invasive option for treating minor issues and maintaining their overall health. However, if your pet is undergoing more severe health problems, it’s best to consult your veterinarian for a more conducive treatment plan. While red light therapy is not a panacea for all your pet’s health issues, it’s a low-risk and pain-free option to complement treatments and to promote overall wellness for your beloved pets.

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