Class IV Laser Therapy

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South Paws is excited to add the Companion CTX LightCure, Class IV therapeutic laser to our postoperative care and rehabilitation program. Class IV laser therapy accelerates the body's natural healing process through a process known as photo-bio-modulation. Laser therapy is effective in treating both acute and chronic medical conditions, as well as post- surgical pain and inflammation. Our laser can provide tangible and significant benefit to your pet's postoperative recovery. Class IV laser therapy is drug free, requires no anesthesia or sedation, and provides significant pain relief. It greatly enhances the speed of wound healing, activates stem cells, and encourages tissue regeneration and healing. Our class IV laser has been scientifically proven successful in treating post-surgical pain, acute wounds, and numerous chronic conditions. Most importantly, during your pet's laser treatment they get to wear the stylish "Doggles," which are super cool!

Biological effects of Class IV Laser on Tissues

Decades of research, clinical trials, and laboratory testing indicate the following beneficial effects of laser therapy:

  • Anti-Inflammation
    Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.
  • Analgesic Effect
    Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
  • Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
    Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.
  • Improved Vascular Activity
    Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.
  • Increased Metabolic Activity
    The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.
  • Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
    Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
  • Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
    Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.
  • Improved Nerve Function
    Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
  • Immunoregulation
    Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
  • Faster Wound Healing
    Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
  • Regenerative
    Laser light stimulates and activates stem cells for regeneration and repair of damaged tissues

How the Companion Class IV Laser Works

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Why our Companion CTX Class IV Laser?

Using advanced software, The CTX laser provides an intelligent dosage delivery system, with SmartCoat+™ technology, to provide your pet with the right dose every time. The doctors and technicians here at South Paws have undergone comprehensive training and certification, to ensure that you're pet gets the most effective treatments possible. Our Companion CTX laser is the same brand of laser preferred by professional athletic trainers in the NHL, NFL (New Orleans Saints and LSU Athletics), MLB, NBA, FIFA, Olympics, and numerous orthopedic and sports medicine doctors throughout the country. Our laser provides an alternative or supplement to prescription drugs, surgery, and greatly enhances our postoperative rehabilitation program.

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Here is just a brief list of conditions that benefit from class IV laser therapy

  • Wounds /Cuts/ Bites
  • Infections
  • Regenerative Medicine - Activates and Stimulates Stem Cell Production
  • Sprains and Strains of Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments
  • Fractured Bones
  • Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis)
  • Hip Dysplasia, ACL disease, Elbow Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Lick Granulomas
  • And Much, Much, More!
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Frequently ask questions

Is laser therapy new?

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects that laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available for veterinary patients.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity, and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide pain relief and speed healing.

What's involved with treating my pet?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

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How does it work?

The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called "photo-bio-modulation". This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects with this treatment.

What can I expect at home?

You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.

How should I support this treatment at home?

There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet's condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian. What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?

Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.

What will my pet feel?

As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.

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Is there anything my pet should or shouldn't do, or take, while on the treatment?

Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious, nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.

Thank You to Companion Animal Therapy For Your Support Of Veterinary Medicine!

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