Updated: May 15, 2013
Published: October 9, 2012 by Riversong Vet Staff
Riversong is so excited to offer another treatment option to our patients!
Dr. Ann has been researching LLLT, as well as studying how the advantages of this type of therapy would fit into Riversong, for some time. Read on to learn more!
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) involves exposing a treatment area to a specially programmable laser. While the laser does not look unlike the type of laser used at the grocery store check-out, it is actually very different.
Lasers used in LLLT stimulate a photochemical reaction on the cellular level. Photons from the laser cause cells to make more energy, which in turn speeds regeneration and the healing process.
The laser that we use has two sets of diodes that are held over a treatment area for a set length of time (typically 2-5 minutes).
LLLT has a number of applications and can be used in combination with other treatment options simultaneously.
Here is a list of the more common uses:
- Bone Injury
- Ear Infections
- Hair Loss
- Hip Dysplasia
- Lick Granulomas
- Neurological Injury
- Pain Management
- Renal Disease
- Skin Allergies
- Skin Lesions & Abscesses
- Spinal Trauma
- Wound Healing
Here are a few common concerns pet parents have when evaluating LLLT. If you don’t see the information you need, please call the office.
Does LLLT hurt?
No, there is no pain or heat associated with treatment. The most common side effect is a sense of drowsiness after treatment.
How safe is LLLT?
An amazing amount of reliable, well-recognized national and international research has been done on both the safety and efficacy of low level lasers. LLLT by virtue of design does not produce heat and does not alter the cell structure. The laser irradiation is non-ionizing, meaning it does not accumulate in the tissue. The laser Riversong uses has been developed and manufactured in accordance to both FDA and International Standards for Medical Device Quality Standards.
What precautions are needed?
It is important that pets and people do not stare directly into the laser diodes. Also, LLLT should not be used on or around people with pacemakers. If you use a pacemaker, please inform our staff and we will have you exit the exam room during treatment.
How many treatments will by pet need?
The number and frequency of treatments is dependent on how acute and how chronic the injury or illness is. Often improvement is seen after the initial treatment, but for chronic cases, such as arthritis, regular treatments may be needed to maintain results.
How do I start LLLT for my pet?
If you are an established client and we have seen your pet before, just call the office to schedule. If we have not seen your pet before, give us a call to schedule an exam. We will need to review your pet’s health to make sure LLLT is an appropriate course of treatment.