Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Laser Therapy for Pets

By Dr. Pam Pussich, DVM, Meadow Vista Veterinary Clinic

Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free, non-invasive innovative treatment for your pets.  Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within by sending photons (packets of light) to deep tissues.  These non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3-8 minutes, depending on the condition, and are absorbed by the injured cells.  These cells are then stimulated to produce ATP (the energy or fuel for the cell), which can not be made at an optimal rate by injured cells.  This increased rate of metabolism will result in decreased inflammation, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, decreased pain, improved circulation, improved nerve function and several other beneficial effects.  These effects will result in faster healing times with more comfort, less scar tissue and better strength/elasticity of scar tissue, increase mobility and motion in joints, as well as providing relief for chronic conditions. Conditions that we are seeing positive outcomes include:
• Arthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia
• Post surgery pain management
• Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
• General pain management (sprains, strains and stiffness)
• Ear infections
• Dental procedures
• Fractures and wounds (snake bites, abrasions, burns)
During a laser treatment session you can expect your pet to relax and enjoy the treatment because it provides relief.  Pets often respond similarly to people having a massage.  The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate. There are no known side effects to the treatment so for chronic conditions laser therapy is an excellent long-term treatment.  There is also no need to clip the hair and pets can go right back to their normal or prescribed activity.
Laser therapy has been around for approximately forty years and there a numerous studies showing the benefits to this treatment.  On the human side many of the professional sports teams are using the treatment modality.  Meadow Vista Veterinary Clinic is excited to now offer our clients and their pets this amazing treatment.  It can be used as the sole treatment or in conjunction with other treatment protocols.

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