Holistic Healing of a Husky Through Laser Therapy
Each year, more and more medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy facilities—and more recently, veterinarian hospitals—are offering laser therapy to treat a number of health conditions. Here our vet has been a leading trailblazer in this field, with pet patients coming driving from several counties over to receive the treatments. All of the veterinarian technicians on staff at our vets are certified to administer the highly successful K-Laser therapy treatments.
Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” according to K-Laser™USA, is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects on a cellular level. It is quickly growing in popularity as a preferred method of treatment for a myriad of animal-related issues and symptoms, including inflammation and pain from arthritis, hip dysplasia, edema, sprains, muscle strains, and post-dental care, as well as for wound care and post-op healing. It can also treat whole areas as well as targeted areas of care, sending energy into the damaged area to promote the process of healing.
[K-Laser] creates therapeutic effects on a cellular level.
Treatments are based on the type of injury or medical issue, the animal’s weight, and the color and density of the fur coat in order to determine the right amount of laser to penetrate through to the cells. The animal lies down in a relaxed state for the treatment, which is applied by a wand instrument connected to a programmable computer. As a safety precaution, protective goggles must be worn during laser sessions by the administrator and human companion. Once started, the application can last for several minutes (depending on the size of the affected area) and is pain-free for the animal.
|Gibson with his vet tech, Jessica.|
Gibson is a frequent visitor to our vet’s office with check-ups for his Canine Epilepsy and low thyroid levels, as well as my constantly monitoring his weight. When he started having some issues with his hind end becoming weak, so much so that it caused his legs to splay when he tried to stand up, resulting in his dragging himself to move, I consulted with our lead vet. Since Gib, who is just 5, could no longer walk up and down stairs without falling, and spent most of his days lying down, getting up only if absolutely necessary and with great difficulty, I was quite concerned.
Upon initial examination, Dr. R. diagnosed the weakness due to a possible old injury that caused the inflammation and back end weakness. He suggested the laser therapy, and after the initial first round of treatments, Gibson began showing signs of improvement. After each session, his legs and hind end became stronger and he began to walk normal again. He currently goes in for bi-weekly maintenance sessions and can now go on walks, manage stairs again, and even run and play in the yard with the four other Huskies in his family – something he has not physically been able to do for the better part of a year.
"In some cases, through use of laser therapy, it helps to reduce inflammation right away and healing time is faster."
Even a pot-bellied pig was brought in for a treatment!
While the list of ailments the laser therapy can treat is long, there is an instance when it should not be used. Jessica elaborates, “We would not want to use it on a growth or mass that is cancer. We would not want to stimulate growth of the cancer cells.”
|Gibson meets fellow laser patient Holloway & his guardian.|