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Laser therapy- the drug free approach to keeping your pet moving and happy.

As our clients know- we are an evidence based vet practice keen to practice the highest standards in veterinary care. As laser has reached this all important benchmark, we are pleased to be able to offer this for the pets under our care.

Read on to hear all about laser treatment and meet a few of the pets who have benefited here at Churchcroft Vets.

Benefits of laser therapy include:

  • Effective relief of pain, inflammation, and swelling
  • Extremely well tolerated by pets
  • No known side effects
  • May decrease the need for surgery and medications
  • Reduces healing time
  • Requires no sedation or clipping
  • Quick to administer (approximately 3 to 6 minutes per area)
  • Allows pet owners to be present and participate in the healing process

Deep, soothing laser therapy provides a drug-free option for enhanced patient care.

Bella’s (black dog in photo) owners decided to try our laser treatment as she was finding important aspect of her life painful. Such as yelping when her back was stroked, unable to get in or out of the car without discomfort and difficulty lifting her front paws for drying after a walk as this hurt her back. She is now a much happier Bella and able to enjoy pain free strokes and fuss, have her feet dried and can get in and out of the car more comfortably.

Nurse Aileen delivered Bella’s laser treatment and found that over the course Bella came to positively enjoy the sessions.

Bella has now finished her course but can come back any time to top up her treatment as required.

BUT WHAT DOES IT TREAT?

There is a wide range of uses for laser therapy in your pets, these include both acute and chronic conditions

ACUTE CONDITIONS:

  • Wounds
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Cuts/bites
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Sprains, strains & fractures
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief

CHRONIC CONDITIONS:

  • Degenerative joint disease/arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Periodontal disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Geriatric care
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Feline acne
  • Tendonitis

HOW IS IT GIVEN TO MY PET?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece over the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth as the handpiece is moved around and often animals relax so much with this massage effect they can even fall asleep!

Dependent upon the animal and the condition the treatment times will vary from pet to pet. You will be able to stay with your pet during the treatment and will be provided with eye protection as will your pet if appropriate.

 

HOW QUICKLY WOULD RESULTS BE SEEN?

You may see relief after the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable. For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.

BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS LASER THERAPY ?

Over the last 40 years laser therapy has had thousands of studies documented to show the positive effects it has on different types of cells, tissue and disorders.

For the scientists amongst us- Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) is a form of light therapy based on the photochemical process called photobiomodulation (PBM). In photobiomodulation therapy, a light source is placed near or in contact with the skin, the light energy penetrates the skin reaching the mitochondria of damaged or diseased tissue leading to photobiomodulation. This process results in beneficial therapeutic outcomes such as the alleviation of pain, the regulation of inflammation, immunomodulation, and the promotion of tissue regeneration.

PBM Mechanisms of Action The application of a therapeutic dose of light to impaired or dysfunctional tissue leads to a cellular response mediated by mitochondrial mechanisms that reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing.2 The primary target (chromophore) for the process is the cytochrome c complex which is found in the inner membrane of the cell mitochondria. Cytochrome c is a vital component of the electron transport chain that drives cellular metabolism. As light is absorbed, cytochrome c is stimulated, leading to increased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule that facilitates energy transfer within the cell.2-4 In addition to ATP, laser stimulation also produces free nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species. Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator and an important cellular signalling molecule involved in many physiological processes. Reactive oxygen species have been shown to affect many important physiological signalling pathways including the inflammatory response. In concert, these molecules have been shown to increase growth factor production and promote extracellular matrix deposition. The resultant increase in cell proliferation and motility leads to pro-survival pathways for the cell.2-4 

Sasha is a 13 year old rough collie. Like many older dogs and cats, she suffers with sore joints, some of which have been really quite tender. Thankfully her owners have found our laser treatment has improved her quality of life. We couldn’t be happier!

Toby is a springer spaniel who is showing signs of reduced pain. This is what his owner Mrs Brown has to say “His back is less hunched and while it still takes a while for him to sit down and get up, he is better than he was. He even chased a squirrel a few days ago which was pleasing as I had thought those days had gone. He also rather enjoys the treatment which makes it a pleasure for us both.”

 

Call us on 0115 922 4855 to make an appointment. You can also book an appointment with a vet here

 



References

  1. Anders JJ, Lanzafame RJ, Arany PR. Low-level light/laser therapy versus photobiomodulation therapy. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2015; 33(4): 183-184. doi:10.1089/pho.2015.9848 2. Karu TI. Low power laser therapy. In: Vo-Dinh T, editor. Biomedical Photonics Handbook. Boca Raton (FL) CRC Press; 2003: 48-1-48-25. 3. Hamblin MR, Demidova TN. Mechanisms of low level light therapy. Proc. of SPIE Photonics. 2006; 6140: 614001-01-12. doi: 10.1117/12.646294. 4. Chung H, Dai T, Sharma SK, Huang Y-Y, Carroll JD, Hamblin MR. The nuts and bolts of low-level laser (light) therapy. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012; 40(2): 516-533. doi:10.1007/s10439-011-0454-7. 5. National Center for Biotechnology Information website. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Low-Level Light Therapy – MeSH – NCBI. 2016. Available at: http://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/?term=photobiomodulation. 6. Anders JJ. Nomenclature Consensus Meeting, WALT-NAALT 2015. Available at: www.naalt.org

 

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