What is Laser Therapy and How Will it Benefit My Pet?
"Laser" stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It works by passing a laser beam across your pet's skin, directly above any area of discomfort. The invisible beam of light passes energy into your pet's cells, causing them to reproduce faster.
Laser therapy can benefit your pet in many ways. When the energy from the laser is passed to the cells within the body and they reproduce faster, it encourages those cells to repair at a quicker pace. This aids in breaking up scar tissue, reducing inflammation and increasing circulation. One instance where we always use laser therapy is post-operatively on any incisions.
Once our veterinarians have recommended laser therapy for your pet, a session can be booked with one of our qualified veterinary technicians. It is a non-invasive and pain-free way to help your pet heal faster and it will also reduce the chances of re-injury. Additionally, it is a nice, relaxing session that most of our patients enjoy, much like we would enjoy a massage.
Laser therapy has a broad range of applications, including:
Invertebral disc disease
Post-surgical pain relief
Degenerative joint disease
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) has produced a page to help raise awareness in dogs struggling with arthritis.
You can access it here
What is Physiotherapy and How Will it Benefit My Pet?
Physiotherapy is treatment used to restore and maintain your pet's mobility. It is an integral part of the healing process for many muscle and bone injuries, as well as chronic conditions such as arthritis. The purpose of physiotherapy is to build muscle mass in order to stabilize and protect joints. See the videos on this page to help you with the exercises recommended by our veterinarians here at Snelgrove Veterinary Services.
Before any physiotherapy session, it is important to take your pet for a 3-4 minute walk in order to warm up their muscles to prevent any further injury. If walking is not an option, massage the area and/or apply some mild heat. Please remember to keep physiotherapy sessions short. If you pet seems uncomfortable, stop and consult our team of veterinarians. Using lots of praise and the occasional treat is an essential part of a successful physiotherapy program. Of course, please remember to use small amounts of a low calorie treat to prevent weight gain.
Watch our videos to learn more about our treatments.
Osteoarthritis: Passive Exercises
Osteoarthritis: Basic Therapeutic Exercises
Osteoarthritis: Definition, Management and Proprioception Exercises