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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holistic Healing of a Husky Through Laser Therapy

Gibson is checking himself out in an edition of a regional newspaper! Why is he featured? I wrote an article that was published in a newspaper about K-Laser USA Therapy  and the healing effects is has on animals, and one such patient is my boy, Gibson. Gibson had been experiencing some severe hind end weakness, including inability to take stairs, splaying when he walked on floors, and having a difficult time getting up. Since he is an Epi-dog and on a medicine regiment, helping him to heal without medication was my hope. I'm fortunate in that I have a wonderful veterinarian team and a lead veterinarian who is leading the way in our area with this type of alternative holistic healing and pain treatment. 

Today, a large number of us pet parents seeks out alternative, or holistic, methods to treat our own health concerns and now turn to those same methods for our pets’ illnesses and injuries as well, either in place of, or in combination with, traditional medicines. Choices include chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and laser therapy. While laser therapy sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, it actually is grounded in real-time, and is a hands-on, non-surgical, drug-free non-invasive, therapeutic practice that has been benefitting human patients suffering from inflammation, pain, and injuries in Europe for more than 30 years. The benefits of laser therapy have been well documented, and it is now widely practiced here in the United States healthcare field since being FDA approved in 2002.

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’s main vet tech and K-Laser administrator, Jessica, a licensed veterinarian technician at our veterinarian hospital for more than nine years, has been seeing positive results in their pet patients, which is currently a total of 42 pets, since the hospital began offering the laser treatments last December. “We treat a number of dogs with arthritis-type pain in the hips, knees and spines; hip dysplasia; injuries; and inflammation. After dentistry, in cases of gingivitis or inflammation, we’ll do a quick little treatment to help heal the gums. In some cases, through use of laser therapy, it helps to reduce inflammation right away and healing time is faster.”

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."
And laser therapy is not just for dogs. A kitten was treated by the staff for an injury to its hind leg that had an open wound. “After a few treatments, the healing was more rapid and the wound gradually closed. The laser is also very good for superficial wounds,” notes Jessica.

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.
 The proof of holistic treatments for pets is in the patients, like Gibson. Using a drug and surgical-free method of treatment has even more upsides than the obvious as it does not have any residual side effects. And, when used in combination with prescribed medications, adds Jessica, “the laser therapy can help to reduce the amount of medication an animal may need.” 
To demonstrate what a laser session is like, I've put together a video from several of Gibson's sessions to give you an idea of what it entails. 

16 comments:

  1. This looks like very interesting treatment. We are glad that it is available and is benefiting Gibson:)

    Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

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  2. hey FiveSibes,

    Congratulations on your newspaper article, Gibson! You are a *star*! :->

    I have never heard of the K-Laser, but it is something I will keep in mind in case my hind legs start acting up, which I know can happen in big pups like us. Your video was interesting to watch, and you were so good to stay so still and calm during the process. Glad it is helping you and paws crossed your heal soon!

    Suka

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  3. That is totally awesome. Thanks for the info. I will inquire.

    Mango Momma

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  4. This is so informative! Thank you for sharing, and hope you all have a great Sunday!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the info! It's really good to know more about it, however, I doubt we have this kind of facility over here. Will check it out...

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  6. I'd be interested in trying that on Sammish - I wonder how I find out if there is a vet in our area that does it?

    sam

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  7. Amazing hings!!! Your article is also so very well-written. We are happy for Gibson that this laser treatment helps him. He is so good to lie there patiently while the vet tech does her job. We hope Gibson continues to do well - he is so beautiful.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  8. YEA Gibson... your are a Star of PRINT FAME!!!
    That must Feel Good.

    I have a Laser Light fur my little Ernie... butt I don't think it is like the one you get used on you. Ernie just CHASES and CHASES the light. I have a story about it fur Tomorrow.

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  9. I had laser therapy as part of my acupuncture regimen for my pinched nerve in my neck. Mia *sigh* gave it to me before Dr. Sally put in the needles!! I feel great!

    -Bart

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  10. Great information to have and always nice to have alternative treatment options available. :)

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  11. Thankyou for sharing this wonderful information

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  12. Gibson is famous! The information is very interesting.

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  13. That's pretty interesting! woo woo woo!

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  14. Congratulations on the newspaper article! Gibson you are a star!

    Thank you for sharing all the information about Gibson and the laser therapy.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

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  15. Another good holistic therapy to look into is Prolozone therapy. I got my 13 yrd BC mix walking where she was almost paralyzed in her hind legs due to disc compression and joint issues. It involves injecting Ozone (made from the run air) and homeopathic medication into the affected areas. Unlike medication for reliving the symptoms this actually heals.

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  16. Thanks for the nice post. Do you know about ?? B-CURE LASER LLLT-808 - a breakthrough in soft laser therapy. Efficient treatment of pain, wounds, burns, sports injuries, inflammation, acne, and skin rejuvenation. Clinical soft laser power in a light, portable & rechargeable.

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