Thursday, November 19, 2015

K-Laser Success Story #18

****Bloody Pictures Disclaimer***

This happy dog presented to us in the middle of October for a non specific limp on its front right leg. Physical exam did not pin point pain to a specific source (mild response in shoulder and mild on toes). He was sent on with anti-inflammatory and pain medication and owners instructed to rest and observe. He was brought back a week later and the owners noted during the time period there was no real improvement and he developed a softball size semi firm growth over his shoulder blade in a period of 24 hours. He was completely non weight bearing and in obvious pain.

Xrays revealed a large soft tissue swelling over the shoulder blade, and inability to see the entire structure of the shoulder blade because of it. We recommended that a biopsy be taken to find the cause.

On November 3rd, during the biopsy we were able to palpate inside the mass destruction of the shoulder blade bone, so it was decided to do a complete forelimb amputation and biopsy the entire mass.

He was already standing on 3 legs that same day after surgery, and you could almost sense the relief on his face. He did so well, he was able to go home the next day. We did a total of 7 laser therapy sessions on him over a 2 week time period. His attitude was awesome, and he is getting around well on 3 legs, now with that nagging pain gone.

 The biopsy revealed osteosarcoma, which is a very aggressive, incurable cancer. Amputation is purely pallative (pain relief).

Xrays before surgery:


Dissection revealed the fractured/eaten away bone

Xray of the amputated leg and excessive tissue removed revealed the bony destruction of the scapular spine. 

The remaining pictures are during the 2 weeks after surgery until staples were removed. 5 lasers total. The laser helped significantly reduce swelling, pain, and discharge production (almost none produced)- and obviously healing.

Sucess story #15 update

Our little trooper returned for a separate issue that he has to battle now, so please keep him in your prayers. But his wound still looks great 6.5 weeks from presentation.

Success Story #9 update

This sweethear kitty returned for its annual vaccines and I would have never known it ever had a wound!

6 months later-

Monday, November 9, 2015

K-Laser Success Story #17

This dog presented originally in June with a few interdigital cysts (infected cysts between the toes). He was placed on antibiotics and started on a steroid/antibiotic spray. 
The cysts never really cleared up completely and ultimately started to bother the dog to the point of licking his paws raw and starting a generalized bacterial infection in his pads besides the interdigital cysts. 
We started him on a 5 pack of laser therapy and changed up his antibiotic for the pyoderma. He was put in a cone to prevent the licking- and even after the first laser session, the owners noted significant improvements in his comfortability and demeanor. The lasers were started on 9/23/15 and finished 10/2/15. 

9/23/15  - 4 Images - the front feet, left top and bottom on left side and right top and bottom right. 

The following 4 images are after the 3rd laser therapy session on 9/28/15

These 3 pictures are at the time of the final therapy session on 10/2/15

K-Laser Success Story #16

Our next success story comes from a cat that had a non-fresh wound on its back hip. He presented on May 12, and his wound was clipped and cleaned. He was given an injection on antibiotics, and his pack of 5 lasers was started. 

You can see that the wound has a center of dead skin. 

This is prior to the 2nd laser treatment - the dead skin had fallen off.

 Prior to the  4th treatment - 1 week after presentation. Excellent scar tissue formation. 


Prior to the final laser therapy session. The wound has scarred well, and has a nice scab forming part of the 2nd intention healing.


This was the completely healed wound exactly 4 weeks from presentation. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

K-Laser Success Story #15

This poor little dog was maliciously attacked by a large dog. As you can see by the graphic photos - it is a miracle the dog was alive first, and second, that worse internal damage was not done. 

The dog presented September 30th. It was anesthetized, the wound cleaned and explored. It was decided that we would close the wound and place drains while performing laser therapy over the next 2 weeks. The dog was given an antibiotic injection of Convenia. Dr. Sheila Dick, our surgeon, did a wonderful job meticulously stitching the dog back together. There were 7 total lasers performed. The final picture was on October 21st. 

 3 days after surgery

3 days post

Day 4 (after 3rd laser)

Day 8 - The drains are removed
This is the day of the 5th laser treatment. 

Day 10 (Day of 6th laser treatment

Day 15 - After 6th laser - I only got one image this day, but as you can see of all that tissue only that small portion devitalized and had to heal 2nd intention. 

Day 22 (one week after final laser)
 Other side at day 22. 

This dog did wonderfully, with the speed of seeing the dog after the attack, the precision of Dr. Dick's reconstruction, an excellent antibiotic on board, a dedicated owner, and the photobiomodulation power of the K-Laser, the seeming impossible wound healed wonderfully and even better the dog started to feel great just after a few treatments. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

What does arthritis look like in a dog's knee?

I decided it would be good for people to visualize what arthritis looks like in a dog's knee. Any joint really has a potential to develop arthritis, and where there is arthritis, K-Laser therapy is available to help in the treatment plan to get the pet back to being as normal and pain and inflammation free as possible! 

The normal knee from the dog:
The knee with arthritis:

Contact us to learn more to find out how laser therapy can help your pet!