Cold laser therapy offered at Kiel Vet
By Mary Matsumoto
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Mona does not seem to have any problem with the cold laser therapy being administered by Tracy Firgens at Kiel Veterinary Clinic. Mary

When an animal needs outside care, Kiel Veterinary Clinic will do what it takes to make sure your pet gets the attention it needs, whether that involves grooming or emergency surgery.

The good news is, they offer it all.

New to their lineup of services is cold laser therapy. The therapy has been available at the clinic for several months but has been gaining popularity in veterinary medicine for reducing pain and inflammation of wounds and injuries as well as helping chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Take the dog that was brought in after a vicious attack. He had multiple bite wounds over his neck and back and required emergency surgery. Unfortunately, the tissue had been so damaged that about half of the wounds opened up again. Under other circumstances, the situation would have been critical.

At the Kiel clinic, however, the doctors used cold laser therapy, and the wounds healed up nicely. In fact, the dog actually enjoyed the treatments. Today, he is doing fine.

Increases blood flow

Laser therapy increases blood flow to the treated area, decreasing inflammation and pain and helping to shorten healing time. On a cellular level it draws cytokines (healing factors) to the area and helps release endorphins, which reduces pain.

Veterinarians have also had success with arthritis in animal patients using the laser therapy.

In the winter, our pets suffer from the same aches and pains that we do. This can show up as stiffness getting up, difficulty with stairs or even limping. An X-ray will localize the arthritis so the laser therapy can be targeted at the correct joint. With regular laser treatments, animals have made marked improvements, reducing the need for pain medications.

Cats can also benefit from laser therapy. Several cats with chronic sinus infections have been treated with the new laser to good effect, greatly decreasing the sneezing and thick nasal secretions. Another condition with few treatment options is idiopathic cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder, which causes bloody urine. The laser works to reduce pain and inflammation that causes cats to urinate outside the litter box.

Many services offered

Besides laser therapy, Kiel Veterinary Clinic also offers many other services other clinics do not. One such service is dental care.

During annual checkups, Dr. Jeffrey Schuette said he often points out to an owner their pet needs dental attention. The owner is sometimes surprised to hear that such treatment is offered right there on the premises. Dental cleaning and extractions are performed under anesthesia, then followed by polishing—

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