In early 2012 we got our Companion Animal Therapy Laser.
What is a therapy laser?
*Therapeutic lasers differ from surgical lasers, as they don’t cut tissue. The light used allows for a deep penetration and stimulation of body cells. The result is relief of the pain, swelling, and inflammation caused by surgery, injury, or disease. An additional benefit is the stimulation of the normal, healing tissue cells, which allows for a more rapid return to normal function.
Since we started using our therapy laser we have been able to improve the lives of many pets, with many different health problems. Some of these problems range from wounds, arthritis, ear infections, helping incisions to heal faster after surgery and even helping some cats with bladder problems.
Today we want to talk to you about one of those cats with bladder issues. His name is Stewie and he is the handsome cat in the picture above. Stewie’s parents have been bringing him in for urinary issues since 2010. They were very open to our suggestions and tried every option we offered them to try and help Stewie. There were too many urinalysis tests ran over the years to count, multiple antibiotics, food changes, prescription food changes, glucosamine supplements, urinary tract supplements, cultures were sent off, water fountains were added, the list goes on and on. Some of these helped, some of them didn’t. Some of them might have helped but Stewie objected to a few of the supplements and foods. He is a cat after all, they know what they like and especially what they don’t! Everyone was trying so hard to find the key to helping Stewie.
In December of 2012 we started using our Companion Animal Laser on Stewie’s bladder. We had been using laser therapy almost a year earlier but had only been using it on animals with arthritis and other joint problems. When we started expanding what we were treating with the laser we decided to talk to Stewies parents about using it on him next. Luckily they were willing to give it a shot!
So, we started by having him come in three times on the first week, two times on the following week and then we kept tapering the frequency until he was only coming in once a month. The actual laser session for a cat bladder is usually between 1-3 minutes and if your pet feels anything, it’s just a slight warming sensation. Even though we’re not always Stewies favorite people, he’s usually considerate enough to let us finish his therapy session, as long as we promise to send him right back home.
Since December of 2012 Stewie has been doing great! We believe his urinary health has been maintained with his monthly laser therapy and his Hills Prescription C/D Diet. We did run a couple more urinalysis tests but they were all negative. No more antibiotics, no more trying to get supplements down him, no more pain and straining for Stewie! We couldn’t be happier for him.
This option might not work for every cat that has urinary problems but it is a safe option and we believe it is worth trying. You don’t know the true value of this non-invasive therapy until you witness it help a pet who didn’t have the quality of life they deserved. Sometimes it’s hard to find the correct plan and we have to try many paths before we get it right. Every pet is an individual and we need to have many options available to try and help each one of them!
If you think your pet might benefit from laser therapy you can find more information at : CompanionAnimalLaserTherapy where they have lots of answers to frequently asked questions and informational videos.
Please call us with any questions or to set up an appointment at:(906)485-6145