Posted by Katie (Northport) on 08/30/2015
Our vet doesn't use an acupuncture type laser or probe, like your vet. Our vet uses an older hand-held Centurian laser, which looks just like the model appearing in the attached link, at the bottom right. It has a handle on it and the laser part is about 3" or 4" wide and long, I think. (The other laser appearing in the lower left of the attached link, is an acupuncture type laser, which may be similar to what your vet was using, but this is not what we used). This is the link to the Centurian laser that our vet uses (although he has an older model and I don't know if any of the specifications have changed on this newer model). http://www.centurionsystems.com/laser-shower/.
The other vet I refer to in one of my earlier posts, uses a hand-held Thor laser in treating syringomyelia. This vet primarily uses the LED CLUSTER probes for the inflammation, I think, which appears in the attached link. (But he may also use it with the 810 nm 1 watt LASER cluster, I think, depending on the case.) Here is a link: http://www.thorlaser.com/products/
I would guess that the reason that your vet's "acupuncture type" laser is not helping your dog is because (i) it does not cover a wide enough area on the body which is necessary to reduce the inflammation. (These acupuncture type lasers may only be useful for stimulating acupuncture points in the body); (ii) your vet did not give your dog enough time for the treatment, or (iii) the laser may not be the right wavelength of light to treat an inflammatory condition such as this. (Note: cold laser manufacturers use different specs for their lasers and some may be more beneficial than others). However, I am not an expert on lasers, and this is just my general understanding.
When our Vet treated Darcy for the first time, he spent about 45 minutes with him. He used the hand-held cold laser (Centurian) and very slowly moved it up and down the base of Darcy's skull, right down to his tail bone and along the side of the spine. He told us that Darcy needed the extra time because of his condition and because of his pain. After a few treatments though, Darcy became a new dog. It was really amazing to see a dog who had become an invalid, return to being his usual feisty self after a few treatments.
So my thoughts would be, that if this vet cannot offer you anything except for the "acupuncture" type cold laser, which doesn't seem to be helping him, I would look elsewhere for another vet who uses different laser technology. Look for someone using the handheld devices, maybe, or anything other than acupuncture type lasers. (Look for vets using medical grade cold laser equipment from good companies such as Centurian, Thor, or Erchonia). There may be others good ones too, but I don't know who they are. I believe you will have the same success as we did.
BTY, Darcy the Cavalier is still doing great and it's been about 3 years now?and he's still on no meds! His owner brings him back for follow-up treatments once every 3 months now for a preventative treatment.
Good luck with your puppy, let me know if you have any other questions.