Supporting a very arthritic dog (from the tender age of 3) for the past 10 years has been an experience I would like to share.
Many pets suffer from osteoarthritis, whether it arises from developmental disease, as in my dog’s case, or from athletic injury and ongoing wear and tear.
Other factors such as genetics, infection and weight may contribute to the problem, but in the end, whatever the cause, the treatment regime is always the same. We manage the pain. But what happens when the pain relief just isn’t enough?
Nutriceuticals (chondroitin, glucosamine and omega 3), weight management, regular exercise to sustain mobility, daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, weekly pentosan injections and monthly visits to our excellent Vet Physio team (who we share our location with) were only just keeping my Sydney standing.
Then I found out about K-Laser therapy. I tried it, it was miraculous, so we are now one of three clinics in Auckland to have a K-Laser and can offer the therapy to all our clients.
What is K-Laser?
Laser therapy is a versatile new treatment in veterinary medicine that can be used to help reduce inflammation, provide pain relief and stimulate healing. The K-Laser is the most advanced class IV therapy laser, with protocols designed by doctors and scientists for maximum benefit.
How does it work?
The laser emits light at different wavelengths, with low frequencies providing pain relief and higher frequencies reducing inflammation. The laser works to stimulate the body’s natural repair mechanisms through many positive effects, including:
- Increased delivery of nutrients and removal of toxins: increased blood flow provides energy, which accelerates tissue repair and cell growth.
- Faster wound healing: recruits the building blocks of collagen.
- Decreased scar tissue (a source of chronic pain): alters collagen type.
- Decreased inflammation: dilates blood vessels and activates lymph drainage.
- Pain relief: decreases nerve sensitivity, blocks pain signal transmission to the brain and produces pain killing chemicals (e.g. endorphins).
- New blood supply: increases capillaries which speed up healing, close wounds and reduce scar tissue.
- Increased cell activity: increases healing through faster enzyme activity and oxygen delivery.
- Better nerve function: speeds up nerve reconnection and increases nerve firing to reduce numbness and prevent impaired limb mobility.
- Immune support: speeds up ATP production which is the energy source for all chemical healing reactions in cells.
- Trigger and acupressure points: decreasing trigger points and stimulating acupuncture points provides further pain relief.
- Bacteria inhibition: A large number of bacteria don’t like oxygen, so increasing oxygen delivery to the tissues inhibits these bacteria, which can aid wound healing.
Who would benefit from laser therapy?
Pets with acute or chronic pain from: osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease, sprains and strains, spinal spondylosis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, partial/full rupture of cruciate ligament, wounds, aural haematomas, cat bite abscesses, fractures, spider bites, bee stings.
Pets with acute or chronic inflammation from: recurrent ear inflammation/infections, any swelling/oedema, inflamed paws (pododermatitis), asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, bladder inflammation (cystitis).
Pets with dental disease: gingivitis (inflamed gums), periodontal disease (gum disease), recovery after tooth extractions.
Post-operatively: will assist with healing after any surgery and can assist with rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery. It can even be used on metal implants as it won’t heat them up like an ultrasound does.
Before manipulation: decreases splinting/guarding, making the movement more beneficial and more comfortable.
Find out more!
We have seen great results from using the laser and everyone here in the clinic has used it on our own pets. It is non-invasive and generally very well-tolerated. The benefits have been seen to last well after the treatment. Occasionally we see an increased tenderness immediately after the treatment before there is an improvement, much like after a massage.
We will guide you on the treatment regime needed for your individual pet, but in general we start with 6 treatments. For acute conditions, such as injury and wound healing, we usually do 2 treatments weekly for 3 weeks. For chronic conditions, we usually do 3 treatments the first week, 2 the second and 1 the third week, then look at a long term regime. We realise this initial course is quite intensive for owners, so are flexible with treatment hours. We can also arrange for patients to be collected for treatment and dropped off afterwards if needed.
Call us on 09 377 667 to make an appointment or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can look after your special friend.