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We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!

Posted: 2013-04-29

Bunnies can wear doggles, too!We are pleased to announce that we now have the ability to provide safe, non-invasive, therapeutic laser treatment for your pets. Within the last five years, the research on this wonderful modality has skyrocketed. It has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic joints, promote healing in injuries and after surgery, and in some cases can reduce the use of traditional medications such as anti-inflammatories, steroids, and antibiotics. We are passionate about providing the best care for your pets and we feel pain relief is crucial to that mission.

The beneficial effects of laser light on various tissues were first recognized nearly forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effect laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders in both humans and animals. We have spent the last four months researching the modality. The doctors read research papers, asked questions of laser representatives, and attended hours of webinar continuing education by some of the work leaders in veterinary laser therapy treatment. We chose a system that is one of the leaders in laser therapy, specifically designed for the veterinarian and our companion animals, and appropriately named the Companion Therapy Laser.

Simply put, laser therapy uses photons, or light energy, which is sent deep into tissues without causing damage. These photos are absorbed by the mitochondria of each cell – the part of the cell that is responsible for energy production. This induces a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”, which increases the production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and markedly improved healing times.

In certain conditions, the use of the therapeutic laser has been shown to cause the body to release endorphins, a natural pain killer produced by the body. It also reduces inflammation by vasodilation (improving blood flow to the site), activation of the lymphatic drainage system (decreases swelling), and reduction of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body which cause discomfort and delay healing. The laser therapy can stimulate immunoglobins (important proteins for the immune system) and lymphocytes (a white blood cell responsible for immune function). Laser therapy can improve healing time as the photons stimulate fibroblast development. Fibroblasts are important in wound healing. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns, reducing pain and accelerating healing. There is proven improved nerve function, stimulation of acupuncture points, and reduced scarring. Therapeutic laser has been used in many cases of chronic arthritis, active inflammation in ears, anal glands, burns, open wounds, skin infection, back and neck disc disease and so on.

Collectively, the effects of the therapeutic laser allow us to improve the quality of life of many patients with chronic and acute conditions, often times leading to a reduction in the amount of medications that are required to keep our patients comfortable.
We’ve now had the laser for a few months, and we have been amazed with some of the results we have seen. If you think your pet could benefit from the therapeutic laser, we would be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our friendly veterinarians.


This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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