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Specialized Medicine

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is medication-free therapy that is being used to treat a myriad of conditions in veterinary and human medicine. Theoretically, we believe that it works by activating photosensitive molecules in cell’s mitochondria to increase energy output. This increase in energy output allows the cell to perform whatever the cell does better. Although much of the research for many conditions is ongoing, it is well documented to aid in wound healing through increasing cell proliferation and in decreasing pain for musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis.

Here at Suttons Bay Animal Hospital we have a Class 2 laser. This laser is a lightwave in the red visible light spectrum and therefore is very safe. It does not generate heat (hence the term “cold”) and will not burn the patient. If the laser is shined directly into the eye, however, it can burn the retina. For this reason, we may need to cover your pet’s eyes if the laser therapy is done on the head.

Frequency protocols will be chosen based on your pet’s condition. Depending on how many frequencies are needed for the condition, the laser may be used on your pet for between 3 and 15 minutes. The treatment allows for focus on the injury while also stimulating the brain. This allows for not only healing, but also neurological reorganization and reorientation at the brain level.

Laser therapy can be used to compliment traditional treatments or as an alternative to medication for many conditions including:

  • Treating arthritis pain
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Incisions/Scars
  • Wounds
  • Acute tissue inflammation
  • Allergies & more!

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that has fallen out of communication and reestablishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing. The goal of an adjustment in an animal is that all the vertebral subluxations in that animal are reduced.

VOM can treat:

  • Acute and non-acute lameness
  • Progressive lameness
  • Hip Dysplasia-like sydnromes
  • IV Disc disease
  • Progressive myelopathies (“down in the rears” dogs)
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Unilateral lameness
  • Wobbler’s Disease
  • Diseases of the knee
  • Esophageal disease
  • Digestive disorders
  • Performance problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Agility dysfunction
  • Endocrine disease

*Dr. Rachel Starr and Dr. Katie Cochran are VOM-trained practitioners*

Standard Process Supplements

Here at Suttons Bay Animal Hospital, we carry nutritional supplements from Standard Process. We chose Standard Process because they make high-quality, whole food nutritional supplements to support the body through healing, to support specific organ functions, or to add nutritive value to dog food. Having the right nutrients available is important to healing and many chronic health conditions can benefit from nutritional support. If your dog has chronic or intermittent diarrhea or vomiting, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, allergies, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, or autoimmune disease, he or she may be a good candidate for nutritional support. If you are interested in whole food vitamins or augmenting your pet’s treatment with nutritional support, schedule a nutritional consultation with Dr. Rachel Starr.


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