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Low Level Laser Therapy for Dogs (LLLT) - Part 1

Low Level Laser Therapy for Dogs

Johnathan_Garfield  2011-07-15

Low Level Laser Therapy for Dogs


We use low level laser therapy (LLLT) on our canine patients to help reduce pain and inflammation in numerous neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. We use laser light therapy for our canine patients that have superficial skin infections.

At our clinic we use class 3B lasers that are also known as “cold lasers” or “soft lasers.” Laser classification is based on output power.  Class 3B lasers are in the 5-500 milliWatt range and do not burn because they do not heat the tissue. Class 4B lasers—not used at our clinic—also referred to as “hot lasers” or “hard lasers” are greater than 500 milliWatt and can be used during surgical procedures to cut, burn or vaporize. Glasses are required during every Class 3B laser session. We use RJ lasers and Erchonia lasers. Lasers are used anywhere on the body with no detrimental effects.  However, certain types of lasers cause photosensitization when a patient is on certain medication. The Erchonia laser is the only laser that does not cause adverse reactions.

We offer the following forms of LLLT for our canine patients:

  • Auricular laser
  • Dental laser
  • Laser for pain (for treating pain)
  • Ultraviolet laser

 

New to our clinic, we now offer Veterinary Allergy Elimination Therapy (VAET).

 

Auricular Laser (Ear Laser)

Also known as ear laser, auricular laser consists of treating the patient’s ear using LLLT. Auricular laser is another form of acupuncture that uses laser instead of needles.

This type of laser treatment is a wonderful option for humans and canines that are not comfortable with needles. We use auricular laser on our canine patients to treat bumps, scars, spots and blood vessels.

You may be wondering: How does treating my dog’s ear with laser help treat bumps, scars, spots and blood vessels that are on my dog’s body?

During the 1940’s, Dr. Wilder Penfield, a Canadian neuroscientist, discovered the brain map—the entire human body is mapped by the brain such that stimulating a specific region of our brain will result in feeling that stimulation in the corresponding part of our body. Various regions of the body, such as the iris in our eye, the sole of our foot and our ear, contain maps of our entire body. Auricular acupuncture uses the brain map to treat health conditions by stimulating acupuncture points on the ear for humans and canines. Similarly, auricular laser uses LLLT to treat area(s) of your dog’s body by stimulating the corresponding points on your dog’s ear.


Dental Laser


Just like us, our dogs are prone to inflammation and infection of the bones and ligaments supporting their teeth (periodontitis) from bacteria that live deep in their periodontal pockets. To help prevent periodontal disease, we recommend maintaining your dog’s dental health.  It is important for dogs with periodontal disease to receive proper treatment to help prevent further damage to the bones and ligaments that support their teeth.

We use dental laser, also known as photodynamic disinfection (PDD),
on our canine patients to help eliminate the following bacteria:

 

  • Actinomyces
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Fusobacterium nucleatum
  • Peptostreptococcus micros
  • Prevotella intermedia
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Streptococcus intermedius
  • Streptococcus mutans
  • Streptococcus sobrinus

 

Depending on the severity of your dog’s condition, he or she may receive multiple treatments (6 to 10 treatments).


Laser (for treating pain)

At our clinic we use laser therapy to treat joint pain in our canine patients. Laser therapy increases the blood flow to your dog’s tissues to help repair tissue, joints and improve cartilage. The frequency and number of laser treatments varies based on your dog’s condition. Daily treatment may be required for dogs with severe cases.

Ultraviolet Laser (UV laser)

Also referred to as UV laser, ultraviolet laser has been proven to eradicate certain fungi and bacteria. Ultraviolet laser can be used instead of antibiotics to treat your dog’s skin conditions such as infections and hot spots.

As with all of our treatments for our canine patients, prior to receiving any form of laser therapy, your dog will require a physical examination from one of our veterinarians.

John’s Pet Blog authors:
Dr. Paul McCutcheon
Dr. Cindy Kneebone
Dr. Anya Yushchenko

EYAC liaison Nahal Moazen

Toronto, T.O., GTA Holistic Pet Vet
www.holisticpetvet.com

         
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