Physical Exam
Performing a systematic physical examination and visual observation of the patient’s mobility will provide an initial assessment on where the potential issue(s) may exist. A thorough orthopedic exam allows for palpation of the limbs and joints while moving them through their range of motion to draw attention to changes within the tissue and help [...]

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Currently, professional human athletes are benefiting from the use of laser (photobiomodulation) therapy delivery platforms. In fact, more and more professional sport franchises and Olympic teams are utilizing this modality to not only treat performance-related injuries, but to enable improved performance while minimizing potential tissue damage.
There is a growing number of performance athletes in the canine [...]

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Previously, we have looked at a general treatment approach, as well as treatment frequency for acute conditions in particular. Here, we will look further into treating chronic conditions. As opposed to acute conditions where our goal is resolution, the goal in treating chronic conditions is essentially to prevent an active decline with an incurable condition.
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As previously discussed, an individual approach in designing treatment frequency will yield optimal results when incorporating photobiomodulation into standard of care. Thus, it is important to remember that we must be flexible in our treatment delivery and remain fluid as the patient responds to medical care.
In past years, the “3-2-1” approach showed good results, but [...]

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Over the past nine months we have started a new journey in our lives, we left part of our passion behind in clinical practice to try something new that was close to our hearts. Walking into veterinary clinics every day and learning how each practice operates, we have shockingly learned that a lot of clinics [...]

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To this day, “How frequently should we treat?” remains one of the common questions from operators in the field. This is an important facet of laser therapy, as the operator can induce a quicker response as well as a more sustained response long term when being flexible in treatment session frequency. Laser therapy provides the [...]

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If you’ve ever watched an agility competition, then you know how competitive the world of canine sports is. Canine athletes, like their human counterparts, go through rigorous training to compete at the highest level. Inevitably, the wear and tear of constant movement catches up with these athletes, leading to injury and time away from competition.
Once [...]

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It is important to remember that laser therapy is a noninvasive modality of medical care. In turn, it is just as important to design a treatment area to be as therapeutic as the treatment itself. Doing so will create an atmosphere closer to a fear-free practice, beneficial not only to the patient, but the client [...]

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Guest Post by Matt Brunke, DVM, CVRPP, CVA, CVPP
I am a big proponent of rescue groups. There are many “discarded” dogs and cats, most of which are absolutely wonderful pets.  I have worked with Peppertree Rescue for many years and really appreciate their dedication to dogs with medical needs.  Peppertree will find out about them and [...]

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The application of laser therapy to sites containing surgical implants is perfectly safe. These implants will not heat up or be affected in any negative way when the treatment is carried out appropriately. Laser therapy is used to decrease postoperative pain while enabling the patient to experience a shorter convalescence period before returning to function.
Let’s [...]

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