Class IV Therapeutic Laser
We are excited to offer your pets laser therapy using Companion’s Class IV laser. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment that can 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 unique health status. 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.
Dr. Julie Kliesch’s Personal Experience with Her Dog, Kona
My 12-year old chocolate lab Kona has two titanium knees and very arthritic front paws. He really doesn't have a good leg to stand on! A couple of months ago, he started to have great difficulty getting up the flight of 10 steps leading to the bedroom (to sleep at night). We held him around his belly and helped him up - not his favorite thing. I was skeptical that "shining a light" at his joints would help him, but very much wanted to give our new therapeutic laser a try.
After two treatments, he climbed the stairs on his own. And while he's not the dog he was 5 years ago, he has a lot more spring in his step on walks and seems to be more comfortable overall.
Kona has hepatitis - so I avoid the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that I would usually use for a dog with his level of arthritis. He takes Cosequin, MSM, Adequan, Welactin (fish oil), turmeric, a slew of liver supplements, and occasionally tramadol for pain. I'm so happy to have a treatment modality I can add to his therapeutic regimen that is safe for his old liver and will help his old joints.
I would highly recommend giving our new laser therapy a try for your dog or cat with pain. It might help - especially in cases where our drug choices are limited due to existing medical conditions.
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.
Some Common Applications for Laser Therapy
- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
- General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
- Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
- Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
- Ear infections
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 dogs will actually fall asleep during their therapy session (see Kona’s picture above!).
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
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