Pet Laser Therapy at Prairie Ridge

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Pet Laser Therapy at Prairie Ridge

While laser therapy for pets may sound like something straight out of science fiction; it is, in fact, becoming a common and effective treatment for companion animals across the country. Dr. Yetter and the Prairie Ridge Animal Clinic staff are excited to introduce therapeutic laser services to our patients. And, while you may not think you are as excited as we are; it’s probably because you don’t know what pet laser therapy is and why it is so incredible.

Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing. Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.

Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats.  Treatable conditions include:

  • Joint injuries
  • Ligament or tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions or abrasions
  • Post-trauma wounds
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nerve injury

Cold laser uses a beam of light to stimulate damaged cells to produce more energy.  The overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells.  The new cellular activity aids in:

 

  • Alleviating chronic or acute pain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing swelling
  • Increasing circulation
  • Speeding up healing and recovery
  • Release of endorphin, the body’s natural pain reliever

Dogs find laser therapy relaxing and tend to enjoy the treatment. After laser therapy, dog owners might see their dog go upstairs more often, play with a ball he’s not picked up in months or go back to getting on the couch for his nightly snuggle with family members. And, when dogs have better mobility, medications can often be reduced.

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

 

Heartworm Prevention is Key


If you don’t give your dog heartworm preventative, now is the time to start! Heartworms are becoming more and more common near Mason and Fulton county. There are several different types of heartworm preventative medications available; topicals, chewable pills/tablets, and injections. In the long run, it is much healthier for your dog and much cheaper for you, to provide monthly heartworm preventative instead of having to treat for heartworms later.

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Dental Disease and Teeth Cleanings in Pets

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth

Does your pet’s breath have an offensive odor? Did you know around 80% of pets we see have periodontal disease by age 3? Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth. This disease starts with plaque buildup on the teeth and eventually leads to gingivitis.
Brushing your pet’s teeth or using special dental products designed to clean the teeth (dental chews) will help keep the plaque from hardening into tartar. The more tartar that accumulates the more plaque is allowed to accumulate; it’s a vicious, endless cycle. At this point, a professional dental cleaning may be required to manage it. 

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Laser Therapy for Pets

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Laser Therapy for Pets

Not many people are aware of how common laser therapy is becoming for cats and dogs. Dr. Yetter and the staff here at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic are using it more and more frequently with patients, both canine and feline. Laser therapy can be used on practically any condition or disease that causes pain and/or inflammation.

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Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

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The mouth-watering smells of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie slowly wafting through the house this Thanksgiving is enough to drive you (and your pets) crazy! However, with delicious human food comes serious risk for your pets. Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic is here to provide owners with some Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips to pet-proof your home this holiday season and keep your furr-amily safe from hazardous foods. Continue…

Colic in Horses: Symptoms and Treatment

horsecolicWhat is Colic?

Colic literally means “pain in the abdomen” or “pain in the belly” but is actually a symptom instead of a diagnosis. There are several different types of colic, with the most common listed below:

Impaction: The intestine is blocked by a compact mass of food, sand, parasites or dirt. Impaction is fairly common, usually treated with mineral oil or another laxative and resolves easily with proper treatment. This can be caused by a diet with course fiber or roughage with low digestibility.  Continue…

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Blue-Green Algae – How Toxins in Water Can Affect your Pet

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If you take your dog swimming in lakes or ponds during the summer, listen up! During hot weather in late summer and early fall, lakes and ponds can accumulate a dangerous type of algae that floats seemingly innocent on the surface. This species grows in “blooms” that give the water a blue-green color.  Continue…

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Water Intoxication: Can Too Much Water Kill Your Dog?

How much water is too much for your dog?Higher temperatures this summer usually means more time is spent outside for pet owners, but this can also mean more trips to your veterinarian. During the summer months, we typically see an increase in the amount of injuries and illnesses overall. One of those illnesses that Doctor Yetter and his staff have encountered this summer is water intoxication. Continue…

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