Therapy Laser

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Companion laser

In our never ending search for natural ways to treat animal diseases we have added a new dimension to this treatment protocol that does not involve reliance only on drugs and their potential for side effects. Its called Therapy Laser. This modality has been used to treat people for over 30 years and has now been FDA approved for use in the United States for our pets. Early incarnations of this technology have gone by several names :

  • low intensity laser
  • cold laser
  • phototherpay laser
  • non-heating laser
  • LLLT laser
  • biostimulation laser
  • biomodulation laser

Mechanism of Action

The companion laser achieves its effects by stimulating the cell with photons. It literally penetrates up to 3 inches (depending on the energy settings we set- in joules) through the skin down to the area of cell damage. The stimulated cell:

  • increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and activates enzymes. These enzymes are essential for effective metabolism of all bodily functions.
  • increases its metabolism and membrane permeability. This metabolically activated cell is now more efficient at removing toxins and metabolizing drugs.
  • increases circulation at the capillary and lymphatic level to allow improved drainage of inflammatory mediators
  • strengthens the immune system by increasing levels of lymphocyte activity

The end result of this stimulated cell is a significant reduction in pain, swelling, and inflammation.

The unit we use is the MLS laser made specifically for animals.  MLS is the latest companion laser, and uses two different wavelengths of light (808 nanometer and 905 nanometer) instead of just one wavelength of the earlier lasers. The two wavelengths work synergistically.

The companion laser works well with our balanced medical approach of stimulating the bodies natural healing mechanisms with this laser first, and only then using medication. This allows us to use lower doses of  medication.

This treatment modality has been a huge boon to our geriatric pets with painful arthritis.  Most arthritic pets are taking NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs)  taking advantage of the significant benefits of this medication. Any time we can use less medication and achieve the same effect it is better for your pet’s health. Since many arthritic pets are geriatric lower drug doses have the added benefit of minimizing the stress of NSAID’s on the kidneys, a common organ to be compromised by the aging process.

In addition to arthritis it is also used in a wide variety of diseases due to its efficacy and safety.

Canine Applications


Feline Applications

Treatment Protocol

A typical treatment takes 15-30 minutes, and each treatment is individualized for your pet. No sedation is needed and you can be present to watch us do it. You get to wear some really cool laser glasses if you want to hold your pet while we treat.

Julio is treating a cat with arthritis in its spine.

Most pets love the feeling and rarely do we need any more restraint
than you or an assistant gently holding it.

Most pets do well with a weekly treatment initially, then we space that out as we see progress. It can be used in conjuntion with VNA. As a matter of fact, we recommend both of them simultaneously for your convenience and your pets sake.