WHY LASER THERAPY.....
NON - DRUG, NON - SURGICAL, ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN RELIEF.
Patients undergoing Laser Therapy at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital
We found that most patients enjoy the treatment and the gentle massage they receive
- Reduce Pain and Inflammation and Accelerate Healing with Ease and Confidence.
- Laser Therapy treatments have greatly increased many pet's comfort level and mobility
- Non invasive, side effect free option for pain relief
- Extremely well tolerated by pets
- No known side effects
- Reduces healing time
- Requires no sedation or clipping
- Quick to administer (Approximately 3-6 minutes per site)
- Allows pet owners to be present
INDICATIONS FOR LASER THERAPY
- Degenerative joint and disk disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Skin diseases-Hot spots, interdigital dermatitis, acral lick granuloma
- Acute & Chronic Otitis externa
- Periodontal disease-Feline Stomatitis
- Post operative healing
- Acute Trauma-sprain etc
Therapeutic Lasers, Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q: What is a laser ?
A: The word laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In layman's terms it is a strong, focused light beam. Lasers are used everywhere these days.
They are classified into four classes depending on the power (wattage) and wavelength (hertz) of the light beam they produce and the subsequent harm it could cause to a living organism.
You may recognize:
Class I - CD player
Class II - bar code scanner
Class III - laser pointers
Class IV - surgical lasers and therapeutic lasers.
At Summit Blvd. Animal Hospital we have TWO class IV lasers. Our surgical laser is a CO2 laser which generates a pinpoint of light that can cut skin AND our therapeutic laser
which is a diode laser that emits light in a "paintbrush" manner. This laser light can penetrate deep into the tissue. As you might guess these have very different uses.
These FAQ's will concentrate on the therapeutic laser.
2. Q: What can you treat with a therapeutic laser ?
A: In a word ?..Inflammation (anything warm, red, painful, swollen or infected). The short list includes surgical incisions, arthritic joints, vertebral disc disease/injury,
lick granulomas, hot spots, ear infections, post surgical pain, fractured bones, abscesses, ear hematomas, urinary tract disorders?..the list goes on and on even to
include the generalized pain of old age !
3. Q: How does a therapeutic laser work ?
A: The therapeutic laser augments most of the healing processes that the body naturally utilizes when an injury occurs. Think about a deep cut on your finger
(or your dog's paw). How does the body deal with such an insult ?
- clot formation - therapeutic lasers rapidly stimulate production of a protein called fibrin, a component of the blood clot.
- dilate lymph vessels - this causes swelling because plasma (lymph), rich in white blood cells, floods the adjacent tissue.
- dilate capillaries - this causes redness because it stimulates circulation to deliver nutrients and healing factors to the injured area.
- stimulates rapid production of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
- inhibits pain mediators such as prostaglandins- This is the same way an aspirin works.
- accelerates chemical reactions by speeding the exchange of ATP, the energy currency of all cells. This is the reason why inflamed areas are warm and
infections cause fevers.
- breaks chemical bonds in harmful inflammatory molecules call "free radicals," neutralizing them.
- attracts white blood cells to the area to kill bacteria and clean up debris.
- higher laser settings are actually bactericidal (kills bacteria).
4. Q: What is the procedure ?
A: Your pet will be gently restrained while the laser therapy is applied to the area of concern with a short wand or hand piece. Our machine has preprogrammed protocols that
set the proper levels of power and wavelength appropriate for the area and issue we're treating. There's no need to shave the hair and rarely is a sedative required. You may be
present with your pet during the treatment. Everybody present must wear eye protection (including the patient !) The animal will feel a warm sensation and most relax and seem to
enjoy the "massage". Sometimes they even fall asleep. The duration of each treatment is quick, just 3-6 minutes.
5. Q: How long does a treatment last ?
A: Although many times there is a noticeable improvement after the first treatment, laser therapy is really best used repeatedly for the cumulative effect it provides.
While a fresh surgical incision may only require a single treatment, a chronic arthritic problem won't respond as quickly and will require multiple sessions ( i.e. three times a
week the first week). When adequate response is accomplished a once a month "top off" may control the problem.
6. Q: How much does it cost ?
A: Depending on the problem being treated, the area involved and the duration of the laser required, prices range from $19.00 for simple issues, $49.00 for medium issues
and $69 for complex issues. We also offer a "six pack" of treatments for $240.
7. Q: Does it hurt ?
A: Not at all. There may be a gentle warming sensation and most pets like it.
8. Q: Is it safe ?
A: Yes quite safe, when used by a trained professional. The government (FDA) has approved these machines for use in humans and animals. Drs. Arun and Tomes are
both credentialed in its use. We gain more and more experience on a daily basis.
9. What things should it NOT be used for ?
A few things therapeutic lasers should not be used for: - Eyes (hence the goggles and doggles) , Gonads (testicals and ovaries), Neoplasia (cancer/tumors), Heart, Actively bleeding wounds
10. Q: Why haven't I heard of this before ?
A: This is brand new state of the art technology. The first commercial therapeutic laser came on the market in 2007. It has rapidly gained a following in the medical community
because of the positive results. The newest machines are tabletop, have protocols for veterinary patients and though still quite expensive, have come down in price.
We are proud to own this new technological marvel and hope it demonstrates to the pet owning public our determination and commitment to provide your pet, our patients, with the best in veterinary care.
If your pet suffers from any of the above conditions, please call 561-439-7900 to schedule your pet's Laser Therapy treatment today.
Doctors & Staff at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital
Laser Surgery, Pet Dental & Oral Surgery Center
To learn more about Laser Therapy please click on the link below:
* Video Link to Laser Therapy used at University of Florida
To link to the Laser Therapy YouTube Link