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NATURAL DOG by Erin O’Leary, DVM, owner, heal Mobile Veterinary Laser Therapy Lasers: Not Just For Evil Geniuses Anymore…


applied, initiates a boost in energy production on a cellular level (think of it as using the laser to supercharge the cells’ internal processes.) In this supercharged state, the cell has more energy available to activate a number of processes: including increasing blood flow to affected areas; releasing endorphins, which is an activation of the body’s own anti-inflammatory cascades and decrease pain-related nerve signals.


Yes, though it may sound like science fiction, the latest weapon in the battle against pain in our companion animals isn’t a new supplement or a wonder drug, it is something called Laser Therapy.


For veterinarians, therapeutic laser is opening up a whole new world in what we have to offer our patients for pain control and comfort. Although there are many pain medications currently available, there are times when veterinarians and pet owners can be limited in their


choices because a pet has hit a plateau in response to medication or the presence of underlying conditions (like kidney or liver disease) or even the not so simple challenge of administering medication. (Many pets are quite creative!) But now, because of the FDA approval of Class IV lasers in veterinary medicine, practitioners now have a greater variety of applications in their arsenal and an innovative option for pain-control.


Treatments typically take less than 10 minutes, are non-invasive and often pleasant for your pet. Most protocols call for 6-10 treatments initially over a 3-4 week period, then as needed thereafter. There are no negative side effects and laser can be used along with other treatment modalities including medication, acupuncture, physical therapy, specialized diets and supplements.


Veterinary therapeutic laser is used to decrease pain, increase healing rates and minimize the destruction that inflammation can cause in damaged tissue. It utilizes a specific wavelength of infrared light, that when


Conditions For Which Laser Therapy may Be Helpful: Wounds


Arthritis Hot Spots Intervertebral Disc Disease Cruciate Ligament Tears Hip Dysplasia Lick Granulomas Muscle/Nerve Pain


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Ear Hematomas Feline Stomatitis Snake Bites


Anal Gland Disease Bone Fractures


There are several veterinary hospitals in the Triangle area that currently have laser therapy services available. Discuss laser therapy with your veterinarian to see if it may be a good choice for your pet. You may also go to www.healpetlaser.com to learn more about laser therapy, hospitals providing this procedure and pain management options.


For Betsy Banks Saul, Founder of Petfinder.com, laser therapy made the difference between life and death. “Jim, our very senior hound dog was suffering with disc disease. He couldn't use his back legs well, so he fell over often, and the medicines made him weaker and sicker. When he was unable to walk altogether, we assumed his days were numbered. As a last- ditch effort, we tried laser therapy. Within a week Jim was walking on his own and we've been able to stop giving him Prednisone. I can't express my joy when I see him sniffing around on our walks now acting like a hound dog once again. I know it sounds like an infomercial, ‘Cured! in just one week!’ but it really has been miraculous.”


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