We at the Elmsdale Animal Hospital are please to announce that we now offer Laser Therapy! We have been researching and referring clients to other practices for these treatments for years, so when the opportunity for us to get our own laser came up, we jumped on it.
Pain and inflammation are decreased, and faster healing is promoted. Chronic conditions (things that happen slowly and are constant) the laser can help with are degenerative joint disease, inflammatory bowel disease, back pain, and many itchy skin diseases. It can even help with sore, inflamed ears and with cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).
One of the best things about Laser Therapy is its non-invasive. The laser has no negative effect on healthy tissue so there are no concerns when using it. There are however certain ailments where Laser Therapy is not recommended, such as cancer. Since the laser promotes cellular regeneration, it can cause tumors to grow at a faster rate. We recommend discussing any concerns you may have with your veterinarian.
While patients can see relief after just one laser treatment, the effects are cumulative. Like many homeopathic treatments (acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.) you may need several treatments in a course to resolve the problem. Ask your veterinarian about our packages.
One very nice thing for us veterinary professionals to see is your pet coming to see us in more of a relaxed and stress-free manner with each and every visit. The laser is tolerated well by aggressive cats to anxious dogs, and in some cases can be applied without us even touching the patient. Pain relief for pets has come a long way!
Dr. Juanita Ashton, BSc, DVM, ACDBC-IAABC is a certified Canine Behavioural Consultant, and one of the owners of the Elmsdale Animal Hospital