AS OUR PETS AGE, IT'S TOUGH TO WATCH THEM GET SICK WITH DISEASES LIKE WE DO.
NOW AN EASY NON-INVASIVE LASER TREATMENT COULD DO THE TRICK TO KEEPING THEM PAIN FREE.
THIS IS SYDNEY'S HAPPY PLACE...
"He enjoys coming here. He gets very, very excited and he starts singing and barking just as soon as we turn in off of the street."
FOR SYDNEY'S OWNER, JACKIE, THE REHAB HOSPITAL SAVED HER BEST FRIEND THE DAY HIS BODY NEARLY FAILED HIM.
"It was quite sudden. I was outside and then he was at the back door. And I'm talking to him and he couldn't move.
AT FOUR-YEARS-OLD OR ROUGHLY 28 IN PEOPLE YEARS, SYDNEY FOUND HIMSELF PARALYZED. VET ELIZABETH RAWSON SAYS IT'S NOT UNCOMMON.
"The discs sort of deteriorate over time and then they rupture."
SURGERY SAVED HIS BACK, BUT LEFT HIM WITH A LOT OF PAIN. THAT'S WHERE THIS NEW COLD LASER TREATMENT COMES IN KNOWN AS PHOTO-BIOTHERAPY.
"The light actually, it brings blood supply to the area. It decreases pain by a couple of different mechanisms, including the nerves themselves and endorphin release." IT'S MOST COMMONLY USED FOR ARTHRITIS, WHICH AFFECTS 20-PERCENT OF DOGS.
"The owners will say, 'Boy, after their laser treatment, they feel so much better and they get around easier."
WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS. JACKIE IS AMAZED AT HOW MUCH SYDNEY HAS IMPROVED.
"After he was taking his laser therapy, it was like a new person."
NOW HE'S BACK TO HIS FAVORITE PASTIME -- SQUIRREL HUNTING.
THE NON-INVASIVE THERAPY CAN TAKE AS LITTLE AS TEN MINUTES IN A SMALL DOG OR CAT OR ABOUT A HALF HOUR FOR LARGER ANIMALS WITH MORE ARTHRITIS.
THE MOST CHRONIC CONDITIONS REQUIRE ABOUT FOUR TREATMENTS TO SEE AT LEAST A 50-PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN MOBILITY AND PAIN REDUCTION.
IT CAN EVEN BE USED ON HORSES.
ONE NOTE OF CAUTION THOUGH: DOCTOR RAWSON POINTS OUT THAT BECAUSE THE LASER STIMULATES BLOOD FLOW TO THE TREATED AREA; IT SHOULD NEVER BE USED ON ANIMALS WITH CANCER.
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