Pet Laser Therapy and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)

At Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, we know that oral and injectable medications are sometimes just one part of the healing equation. When your pet has a difficult medical problem that is affecting their quality of life, we have alternative options to enhance their treatment. Our pet laser therapy and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) services can help with acute or chronic pain resulting from spinal injuries, joint problems, inflammation, and much more.

Alternative Medicine is Supportive Medicine

Pet laser therapy and VSMT are best used together with other treatments to produce better results for your dog or cat. These therapies may not be able to address other problems that your companion is currently living with.

If your pet is struggling with their mobility, please contact us to request a consultation.

Why Choose Laser Therapy?

Our Class IV Companion Therapy Laser emits non-thermal light particles to help the body heal from within. Damaged cells absorb these particles, which helps to increase their metabolism and stimulates new cell production. In addition, laser therapy can increase blood circulation and healing for a faster recovery.

This gentle procedure can be used once for minor acute problems, or multiple times for chronic conditions that have developed over months or years. Furthermore, both dogs and cats can receive laser treatment, which helps to lessen pain and inflammation resulting from:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Luxating patella
  • Wounds
  • Infections
  • Soft tissue or orthopedic surgery
  • Muscle or ligament injuries
  • Lick granulomas
  • ...and more
Dog Laser Therapy after Knee Surgery

What is VSMT?

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) is similar to human chiropractic medicine. Dr. Busalacchi is certified in VSMT, which she often uses to treat sick pets and animal athletes. VSMT can help improve movement in patients that develop pain and stiffness due to poorly functioning joints in the spinal column. Without treatment, this condition can lead to lameness and muscle loss.

To properly treat your pet, we need to evaluate their health, range of motion, and spinal column. If we find vertebrae that are “stuck” we can perform specific, quick thrusts to reduce stiffness and improve range of motion. If the nervous system is not functioning well, it will affect all areas of the body.