Laser Therapy at Beechwood A.H.
Beechwood Animal Hospital has been offering Vet Laser Therapy in Ottawa for our clients’ dogs and cats since April 2012. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement are often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. However, the full or best therapeutic effect often requires multiple treatments and a long term treatment plan for chronic disorders. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, suffering from a chronically sore condition or simply suffering from the problems of aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to managing pain, reducing inflammation and accelerating the healing process.
Below is a basic overview of Companion Animal Laser therapy. There is more information in the client only section of this website. Clients need to call the hospital to get their own password set up. Regulatory rules by the C.V.O restrict some materials to clients only.
Applications for laser therapy include:
- Treatment of joint arthritis (e.g. hip/elbow dysplasia )
- Muscle/ Tendon/ ligament pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness). Particularly back pain.
- Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, localized infections, ear hematomas, ear infections, etc.)
- Bone Fractures (speeds up healing) and traumatic wounds (bites, abrasions, and lacerated areas)
- Post-surgery pain relief (spays, neuters, declaws, or other surgical procedures)
- Neurologic problems (spinal trauma, brain trauma, peripheral nerve injuries)
- ‘needleless’ acupuncture point stimulation (acute and latent trigger points)
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and are absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, muscle relaxation and tissue softening and an acceleration of the healing process. Please refer to the chart on the 11 key beneficial biological effects.
What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion. Make sure you are given the protective eye wear that is available for both you and your pet. Laser light is known to potentially damage your eyes if the beam hits you directly or off reflective surfaces (but this would take some time to happen and thus highly unlikely). Protective eye-wear is mandatory nonetheless, or you need to stand no closer than 5 feet when the machine’s laser light is on.
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Laser Therapy?
Many laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. However, any age of animal may be a candidate for this non-invasive , drug free therapy. For example, if they have a traumatic or surgical wound to heal, sore bones, muscles and tendons or skin sores to mention a few.
Some signs that your companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or up or down stairs
- Lack of grooming and normal behaviours
- Dogs not wagging their tail or keeping it tucked down
- Licking or biting area on their body
- Lack of appetite
- Mental dullness or depression.
Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information about Companion Animal Laser Therapy at 613-748-9820. If you are a client you can visit the client only section for more detailed information (regulatory rules restrict some contact in this area). Call for your password today!