Laser therapy in cats and dogs
Laser therapy provides a revolutionary new approach for treating many of our animal patients needs. From the treatment of pain following a traumatic injury to post surgery treatments to assist with wound healing, laser therapy can be a complementary and effective treatment solution for all kinds of animals. Here at West Toowoomba Vets we have invested in a class 4 laser, offering high output medical grade laser therapy to ensure our patients receive the best outcomes.
Laser for wound healing
Laser therapy can significantly reduce healing time for all kinds of wounds including:
We’ve found healing time to be dramatically reduced when applied at regular intervals a few times after surgery. This is particularly beneficial after major or orthopaedic surgery where full recovery may take several weeks – even months. We have had some excellent results by using the laser pre-operatively and post-operatively in cruciate surgeries, when measured by return to full movement
Sometimes wounds are not suitable for suturing so they need to be managed as open wounds. This invariably involves multiple, regular trips back to your vet for evaluation, cleaning and dressing. Some of these wounds require weeks of treatment to achieve total healing. In these situations the application of Laser to the wound speeds up the healing process. A win win situation for you and your pet. Clasrissa, a RSPCA case who was shot was an excellent example. With laser, her wound healed much faster than we would have thought possible.
Laser for skin conditions
- Infectious dermatitis
- Eosinophillic Granulomas
- Insect bites / stings
- Otitis externa / Interna (Ear infections)
- Pyotraumatic dermatitis (Hot Spots)
- Lacerations / abrasions
- Lick granulomas
Laser assisted rehabilitation outcomes
Using Laser Therapy, vets are able to implement rehabilitation treatment plans to restore mobility, strengthen muscles and joints and help heal animals faster while focusing on reducing pain post operatively. Studies have shown that dogs receiving laser after spinal surgery can have a return to walking in 7 days as opposed to 21 days. SASH in Sydney use it as part of their rehabilitation program – https://sashvets.com/services/sports-medicine-rehabilitation/
It is very useful when used in conjunction with myotherapy, which we can offer here at West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery. See our page on myotherapy
Laser assisted rehabilitation can be combined with other treatment modalities to reduce recovery times and enhance outcomes in the following ways:
- Restore mobility after surgery
- Improve function and quality of movement after an injury
- Manage acute and chronic pain
- Improve quality of life for the geriatric and arthritic patients
- Increase strength, range of motion, endurance and performance
- Reduction of pain, swelling and complications after surgery or trauma
Laser for osteoarthritis
Laser therapy is invaluable in managing pain of arthritis and degenerative joint disease. With regular treatment we find that patients move about much more freely often with reduced or no supportive medications.
Best of all …..
Laser therapy is safe, gentle and non invasive. We use it every day in our practice. Ring us on 46362027 for an appointment