COMPANION LASER THERAPY
Bliss Commins: Pre Laser Therapy
Bliss is an 11 yo greyhound that is a retired brood mama. Bliss has intervertebral disc disease and cannot stand for long periods of time despite three different meds. If she stands too long her right front limb becomes painful and she actually bites it! Bliss also has a difficult time posturing to urinate--she squats high and performs a walking urination essentially. She also has difficulty laying down. Bliss looked uncomfortable despite meds and we were ready to increase her meds until Doc told us about the Companion Laser she had recently purchased. Since we were slightly wary about how Bliss would tolerate acupuncture we decided to try Laser Therapy.
Post Laser Therapy
After Bliss' first laser treatment she wanted to stay outside longer. By the second treatment she was able to stretch her neck out on her pillow, something she could not do before, and you could tell by looking in her eyes that she felt better!! During the second or third treatment the laser actually triggered the biting of the right front for a few seconds and Bliss has not had any more episodes of her right front issues since treatment commenced. Now that Bliss is in the maintenance stage she likes to stand for some of her car ride home and watch people. We also have to watch her because now that her neck feels better she can counter surf!!! She also stopped growling at her brother. Bliss is able to lay down more comfortably and she can also posture more easily to urinate and defecate as well!!! We will be decreasing her pain meds with the continued treatment.
Laser Therapy Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing
Greys and Strays, LLC is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. 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 is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Applications for laser therapy include but are not limited to:
• Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
• General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
• Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, and other surgeries)
• Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
• Dental procedures
• Wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
• Ear infections
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 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, and an acceleration of the healing process.
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.
Sometimes we find that a spot that was quite painful the treatment before is no longer painful at the second treatment! Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion.
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior 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 down stairs
• Lack of grooming
• Won’t wag tail
• Licking or biting area
• Lack of appetite
Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.