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Pet Laser Therapy

We are able to provide our clients and their beloved pets the wonderful benefits of Laser Therapy.

What is therapeutic laser?

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 effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders in both humans and animals. Simply put, laser therapy uses photons, or light energy, which is sent deep into tissues without causing any damage. These photons 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; when a cell is injured, such as through inflammation, injury or surgery, for example, ATP production can be significantly reduced. 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.

Further, laser treatments are associated with increased blood flow, which can help to reduce inflammation. Finally, the light energy safely kills bacteria. Collectively, the effects of the therapeutic laser allow us to improve the quality of life of many patients with chronic conditions, often leading to a reduction in the amount of medications that are required to keep our patients comfortable.

What is therapeutic laser therapy used to treat?

  1. Arthritis: there are huge benefits of the therapeutic laser to patients suffering from arthritis, including a reduction in inflammation, increased tissue healing, and the release of endorphins – natural painkillers that are produced by the body. We can notice significant improvement sometimes even after a single treatment! Often times, the laser also helps to reduce the cost of pain medications, reducing the chance of potential side-effects.
  2. Ear Infections: the therapeutic laser can be hugely beneficial to patients suffering from chronic ear infections. Not only does it reduce inflammation and provide relief of chronic pain and irritation, but it also provides antibacterial effects. The reduction in swelling allows ear medications to work more proficiently.
  3. Post-Surgery: the use of the laser post-surgery can greatly improve postoperative comfort through the reduction of inflammation and increased healing times.
  4. Wounds: wound healing can be dramatically affected with the use of the laser as it not only speeds up healing time, sometimes significantly but also provides a natural antibacterial effect.

The therapeutic laser is free of any negative side-effects, with proper safety precautions. If emitted directly into the eye, or if light energy is reflected in the eye, it can cause damage to the retina. Therefore, both our staff and patients wear special safety goggles to ensure there is no chance of this happening. If you ask us, the goggles (or doggles for our furry-friends) are pretty stylish, too!



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our staff and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. If you have travelled outside Canada or come in contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the past 3 weeks, or if you are feeling unwell, (coughing, fever, fatigue, etc.), please contact our clinic. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment or help arrange to see your pet safely.

2. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-285-0002. We will take a history by phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and you will get another call from the Doctor to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

3. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

4. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 4-6 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital