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Treating Wounds with Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy for animals not only treats painful joint conditions but also encourages healing of wounds to reduce the risk of infection and development of scar tissue. Laser therapy stimulates new cell growth and cellular regeneration while improving the flow of blood to wounds. Pet laser therapy is just one of the innovative veterinary services offered by our Winnipeg veterinarian here at Southglen Veterinary Hospital.
Manitoba is a painless, effective method for treating chronic or acute wounds. Cold laser therapy is implemented with a handheld device emitting photon energy that passes through three layers of skin to reach the subcutaneous tissue. Photons infiltrate the wound to start a series of chemical events among cells containing light-sensitive components. Similar to the way plants convert light to energy (photosynthesis), cold laser therapy encourages the ability of cells to utilize energy for repairing damaged tissues.
Laser therapy delivers light-energy units called photons into damaged tissues, increasing mitochondrial activity in cells and accelerating production of cellular energy necessary for healthy cells. Cold laser therapy promotes synthesis of collagen (a substance vital to skin health) in wounds and decreases swelling and pain by reducing inflammation. In addition, laser therapy dilates blood vessels surrounding the wound to improve the flow of oxygenated blood to the wound. Inhibiting formation of fibrous scar tissue formation is another laser therapy benefit that can help pets retain a good range of motion, especially if the wound is near or on a joint.
The effectiveness of cold laser therapy for animal wounds is also enhanced by its ability to increase production of several chemicals beneficial to your pet's general health. These include endorphins, growth hormones for tissue repair and ATP (necessary for cellular metabolic processes). Your Winnipeg Manitoba veterinarian recommends cold laser therapy for treating wounds because it stimulates protein synthesis and promotes circulation of lymphatic fluid. In addition, the FDA classifies a cold laser as a painless, non-cutting, non-burning form of wound therapy.
Depending on the type and severity of the wound being treated, a laser therapy session may take from two to 10 minutes. Most pets need multiple laser therapy treatments to treat wounds. Chronic wounds or ulcerations that resist healing may require several laser therapy sessions to control pain, inflammation, infection and prevent scar tissue development.
If your pet has suffered a skin wound, call Southglen Veterinary Hospital today at (204) 452-0077 to schedule an appointment for laser therapy at our Winnipeg animal hospital.