The Edmond Sun

December 27, 2013

‘All I want for Christmas is a Class IV therapy laser’

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Many Edmond residents, young and old alike, made their Christmas Wish lists long before Christmas, and veterinarian Dr. Wendy Bray wasn’t any different. At the top of her list was a Class IV therapeutic laser to use in her everyday practice, and her wish came true.

Dr. Bray owns the Family Pet Hospital on Northwest 164th Street and she purchased the $30,000 laser for her feline and canine clients.

With more than 3,000 practices reporting success with a technology that was not heard of five years ago, Dr. Bray said her Class IV therapy laser is one of three or maybe four in the Norman, Oklahoma City and Edmond areas.

“Laser therapy is a healing modality that can benefit a large and varied number of patients,” Dr. Bray said, “and can be used for felines, dogs and equines.”

Therapeutic lasers are used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and increase the microcirculation within the tissues, Dr. Bray said, and the outcome of laser therapy is an accelerated healing time within the tissues that are targeted.

Bray said the benefits of laser therapy are four-fold. First, due to the precise nature of lasers, the veterinarian is able to finely tune the amount of tissue that is affected by the surgery, thereby reducing the damage to any of the surrounding area. Second, lasers will actually help to control bleeding by sealing off the tiny capillaries and vessels that may leak and ooze during normal surgeries. Third, lasers help to reduce the amount of swelling that is associated with any sort of surgery. By avoiding bruising and the tearing of body tissue, lasers help the veterinarian to minimize inflammation. Fourth, since lasers vaporize cells, any latent bacteria that might want to start an infection will also be vaporized.

“Laser therapy uses electromagnetic energy which acts chemically and biologically with tissue to produce ‘photo-bio-stimulation’ or ‘photo-bio-modulation,’” Bray added.

Laser therapy is cumulative in effect and should be applied in three phases, Dr. Bray said. They are initial or aggressive (more frequent perhaps every other day), transitional or intermediate (twice a week) and maintenance (once a week).

 “Since the Federal Drug Administration approved Class IV therapy lasers in the United States in  2005, the science of laser therapy has developed rapidly.

“Laser therapy has been used in sports medicine for injuries for a number of years, but it has recently crossed-over to use in animals,” Dr. Bray said. “It has also been used on humans in physical therapy, rehabilitation and wound care.”

Dr. Bray said not only do therapy lasers reduce pain and inflammation and accelerate healing, they do it in a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical way, meaning fewer or no drugs will need to be prescribed.

The client lays on a blanket and both the pet and the person administering the laser therapy wear colored glasses to protect their retinas and the 10- to 15-minute session begins.

“Our patients, who we have used the laser treatments on, tolerate the treatments well, often relaxing as the therapy is administered and sometimes even falling asleep,” Dr. Bray said.

“Clinical studies and real-world use has proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repairs.”

Family Pet Hospital is a full-service animal hospital offering medical, surgical, and dental services, along with personalized boarding.

“The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention,” Dr. Bray said. “If you want to ask  a question call 216-5200 or email us at          fpet@coxinet.net.”

Family Pet Hospital is at 2228 N.W. 164 St. in Edmond.