So how are we doing?

Well we have certainly been busy since we got our laser. We have been lucky enough to work with brilliant clients and their pets. Up to now we have dealt with a range of conditons including:

  • Arthritis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gingivitis
  • Wounds
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Idiopatheic Shoulder lameness
  • Hot Spots
  • Post op cruciate repair 

All of which are doing fantastic. We knew when we where looking for a laser it had to be able to treat a wide range of conditionsand species, also to be able to penetrate deep into the tissues and thankfully we have chosen a fantastic Class IV laser which ticks all the boxes for us.

One of most satisfying things about offering laser is being able to "do something"  for animals who arein pain and discomfort and once laser treatment begins it is wonderful to watch animals start to get their quality of life back.   A happy animal equals a happy owner!!!  

The results have been amazing and for each new animal that we treat we enjoy the look of suprise on the owners face when their pets start to feel better, its a real conversation starter!!! and so fulfilling when an owner tells you " She never used to get out of the bed, but is up first now!", "He can now go on longer walks", "He wants to play with his favourite toy" "She is like a puppy again" 

Well onwards and upwards as they say. Will keep you all informed how we are doing in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

Laser Therapy for Laryngeal Paralysis

We all know how good laser is for both acute and chronic conditions.  A condition that appears to growing is laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis is the term used to describe a functional failure of the larynx (voice box), particularly a failure to open the vocal cords during inspiration (breathing in)

The signs of laryngeal paralysis include:

  • Increased inspiratory noise (loud rasping noise during breathing in)
  • Coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Collapse
  • Reduced tolerance of increased temperature (less able to pant)
  • Altered phonation (bark/mew sounds different)
  • Problems swallowing food and/or water – affected animals have a tendency to cough and splutter
  • Sudden respiratory distress, particularly when subjected to a warm environment

If left untreated this condition can be have serious implications to the health of your pet. 

Veterinary assistance is required to assist in treating your pet and a lot of cases will require surgery, however to help alleviate the symptoms laser therapy is an ideal compliment alongside veterinary treatment.

 

 

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

One of the common conditions seen in veterinary practice is something known as a "hot spot" or to us in the profession "Acute Moist Dermatitis"

So what are they?

Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Your dog's skin becomes irritated and the dog starts itching, licking, or both, eventually causing a red, ugly, oozing sore.

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The sore can only be treated by focusing on the underlying infection.   Hot spots are red, moist, irritated patches of skin often caused by an initial irritation and then exacerbated by bacterial infection. The irritated patch can double in size within hours and can become very painful. Common sites of lesions are the head, neck, hips and limbs. Matting of fur, hair loss, scabbing and oozing are often seen. Hot spots seem to be common in long-haired dog breeds and are more prevalent during summer months in times of high temperature and humidity.

So what are the symptoms of hot spots?

  • Itchy, painful patch of skin
  • Continual chewing or licking at site
  • Abnormal aggression (associated with painfulness of site)
  • Possible depression (associated with painfulness of site)
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling in a localized patch of skin
  • Crusted scabs or oozing sores
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Hair loss Moist,
  • Matted fur
  • Foul odour 

So what causes hot spots?

  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Ear infection/anal gland infection
  • Foreign objects (splinters/thorns)
  • Food allergies
  • Matted fur
  • Insect bites
  • Chewing or licking due to stress or boredom
  • Flea allergies 

So how are hot spots treated?

  • Bacterial infection must be treated via medication
  •  The matted area will need to be clipped and cleaned
  • Antihistamines may be given to reduce inflammation and pain killers given due to the intense irritation
  • Dietary supplments may be given

Hot spots are very painful and can cause distress to the dog, and it can take time for the area to heal. 

Laser therapy can be used alongside medications to encourage healing and to speed up recovery.  

The following link is a useful read regarding laser and hot spots

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/March-2010/Healed-Hot-Spot-Turns-Skeptic-Around/

 

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WHAT ARE THE BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF LASER?

One of the most common things we are asked about laser is how does it help my pet?

Both Paul and I know the benefits of laser and how it can help with so many conditions however the below are a more detailed overview on the biological effects of laser: 

 

Anti-Inflammation


Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.

 

Analgesic Effect


Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth


Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.

Improved Vascular Activity


Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.

Increased Metabolic Activity


The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.

Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points


Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation


Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.

Improved Nerve Function


Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.

Immunoregulation


Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.

Faster Wound Healing


Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

We hope you now get a better understanding of the benefits of laser therapy.

LASER THERAPY AND NEW WEBSITE

Well we are not ones to remain still.  We are absolutely thrilled with our laser investment we are already getting results!  Laser is a real passion for us as we truly believe that with the correct diagnosis and treatment protocol laser can offer so much to pets who are suffering from a range of conditions.  The best thing about it is that it is totally non-invasive and pets really enjoy their treatments as it helps so much with pain relief. 

For more information visit our Laser Therapy page:

There is nothing more fulfilling than watching an animal who has been in pain for so long, to once again feel relief and pain free.

Having invested in our laser we have decided to refresh our website as we believe its always good to have a change.   We really like the site and hope you like it to.

We would love to hear your comments on our new site and feel free to suggest improvements but remember we are not website gurus!!!!