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Shiny Happy Pets Issue

If the word “laser” conjures images of sci-fi ray guns, you’re not getting the whole picture. Veterinarians have increasingly been using therapeutic lasers to treat a variety of ailments in our furry friends — with terrific success! Laser therapy is performed in your veterinarian’s office, either by a veterinarian or by a trained staff member. The laser light is emitted from a probe, much like an ultrasound probe (if you’ve never personally seen an ultrasound, picture the prenatal sonograms you’ve seen on TV). The probe is moved slowly over the affected area, be it a sore joint or a surgical incision. There are no concerns about being in the room when laser therapy is administered in terms of radiation, but you may wag expert advice glasses to avoid eye damage in the rare event of direct laser exposure to your eyes. When the laser’s probe is moved over your pet’s skin, the specific wavelength of light emitted works directly to ease your pet’s pain by decreasing nerve sensitivity, reducing inflammation and swelling, and accelerating healing at the cellular level. This makes the potential uses for laser therapy almost endless. While laser therapy had its roots in treating conditions of chronic pain like arthritis and other orthopedic issues in dogs and cats, veterinarians soon recognized that its benefits extended to many other conditions. From immediately treating surgical incisions postoperatively be asked to wear protective to treating chronic lick granulomas cystitis, laser therapy can and feline idiopathic help speed recovery. surgery or dealing with If your pet is facing your vet if your pet is a candidate for pain,ask treatment or laser oncefuturistic therapy, either as a one-time treatment plan. This as part of a long-term treatment could help your pet’s pain become a thing of the past. At a time when statistics show that more than half the pet population is overweight or obese, it’s easy for pet parents who notice their furry friends trimming down to give them two paws up. However, on the other end of the scale, if weight loss seems effortless or is unintended, an underlying illness may be to blame. Take note of your pet’s appetite, as it may give you some clues as to why your pet is losing weight. For instance, cats with hyperthyroidism typically lose weight despite an increased appetite, whereas pets with other illnesses won’t feel like eating. Obese cats are particularly prone to a life-threatening condition called hepatic lipidosis (or fatty liver disease), so warning flags should go up if you notice your cat shunning his food. Other conditions that can cause rapid weight loss include: Dental disease/oral pain Diabetes Stress Bowel disease (malabsorption/maldigestion) Protein-losing enteropathy or nephropathy Cancer Your vet uses both your pet’s weight and “body condition score” to assess her health, so even if you can’t get your pet onto a scale, you can still watch for changes in her shape — like muscle loss or prominent ribs or spine — to monitor weight loss or gain. If you are seeing changes to your pet’s weight or condition without changes to diet or exercise, it’s time to schedule a checkup. beam me up lightening up the shiny happy pets issue 13


Shiny Happy Pets Issue
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