A Warm Welcome, Congratulations, a Road Trip and the AVA Conference.

A Warm Welcome, Congratulations, a Road Trip and the AVA Conference. Welcome to our newest Vets1Laser users : Bomaderry Veterinary Hospital & Four Paws Rebab Centre.

Congratulations also to Dr David Challen for celebrating his 2nd anniversary of using our Vets1laser machine by purchasing an additional machine to deal with the increased demand from his successful implementation of Laser/PBM therapy into his veterinary practice.

Road Trip. We will also be installing our laser therapy machines into some Canberra and Newcastle area clinics next month and are more than happy to call past your practice for an onsite demonstration if any veterinary teams in those areas is interested is being upskilled on all things Laser/PBM.

Our Vets1laser veterinarians are also available to provide virtual demos most days.

Onsite demonstrations elsewhere may also be organised depending on location.

AVA Conference. Next week our Vets will also be at the Melbourne Conference 27-31st on Stand 45, so make sure to drop past the stand to chat with Dr Aine Seavers and Dr Mark Weingarth.

Kudos to waterwalkies for committing to a Laser Safe Work Zone

When it comes to Laser/pbm therapy-All That Glitters is Not Good.

Top marks to the team at waterwalkies and their detailed commitment to creating a Laser Safety Zone for their treatment sessions. It has been a joy to train this team of focused professionals to implement laser/pbm therapy into their treatment sessions. You don’t have to know much about laser safety to see the quantum safety differences in waterwalkies setup compared to so many other laser therapy images posted on various social media. https://lnkd.in/dPUvXcrm


Yes, there is an Optimal Time: Mornings.

However, that doesn’t mean that Laser/PBM therapy sessions scheduled for other times of the day won’t work. You will get efficacy from PBM applied any time of the day so continue to schedule appointment times as it suits you and the client.

However, if you have the luxury of booking treatment sessions in a Morning slot, then do so in preference for two particular reasons.

                1)Morning sessions are preferred if this is the First time the animal is having laser. This is simply so as to have the full working day to find out if this particular patient gets a strong ergogenic response to the treatment.

If so then that animal will be a bundle of energy and sleep will be the last thing on their mind. This means the pet and the owner might very well have a sleepless night if the pet decides come bedtime, that it is still time to play and play and not sleep. 

Therefore on the occasions that you can’t schedule a morning appointment, be sure to cheerfully alert the client that the pet could be active for longer than normal. Most clients if prewarned are then fine if they are up all night with a super active happy pet. 

This ergogenic effect doesn’t always occur, some animals in fact are the opposite and want to sleep around the clock. Again clients should be pre-warned that this can happen so that they don’t panic after hours at a pet who just wants to stay curled up in bed after a laser treatment.

                2) Mitochondria are ‘Morning’ Workers.

Mitochondria are the main targets for Red-NIR wavelengths so it makes sense to treat when the target is most responsive. Some studies indicate that early morning, or at a minimum within 8 hours of awakening, is the time when mitochondria have spare capacity and are most sensitive to having improvements in the function of cytochrome C complex and ATP production. 

At the start of the day, ATP levels are high which results in a homeostatic reduction in complex activity as demand is low, with mitochondria only needed to top up the system which has not been drained by previous activity. Later when respiration increases, complex activity is elevated as ATP levels declined due to consumption. Mitochondria later in the day have reduced spare capacity to respond as daily activity has increased their workload.

 So where possible-Choose Morning Treatment Times.


Comment on Canine Degenerative Myelopathy Paper

Hi Everyone.

I have had a few people ask me my opinion on the Dr Lisa Miller’s paper on PBM for Canine Degenerative Myelopathy.

The paper, one of many reviewed by Drs Millis & Bergh, was given this accurate if rather terse summary:

‘A study of laser use in treating degenerative myelopathy did not have a control group (comparison to a historical control group was used), had other confounding factors that may have influenced the results, and the laser dose used to compare Class III and Class IV lasers was not the same. The risk of bias for the study came in as high.

In fairness to the paper, despite it being from a competitor company-I don’t think we should dismiss Dr Miller’s findings based on the above reasons.

To put the comments into context: Drs Millis & Bergh had undertaken a systematic literature review in general for PBMT and found gaps in the scientific documentation. Conflicting study results and unclear application for clinical use are explained by the wide variety of treatment parameters used in the analysed studies, such as wavelength, laser class, dose, and effect, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. Some beneficial effects have been reported during treatment with light therapy; however, the published studies also have limited scientific quality regarding these therapies, with a high or moderate risk of bias. Although some beneficial effects were reported for light therapy, the studies also had limited scientific quality regarding these therapies, with a high or moderate risk of bias.

In general, I would have to agree with Dr Millis and  Dr Bergh’s findings on most of the clinical papers out there in the PBMT field. The standard of publishing for PBMT is nothing like the ring mill the AVJ or EJFM etc puts you through to get a veterinary paper published with them.

Pure Science Research PBM papers focused at the cellular level, however, do tend to hit a higher standard.

So where does that leave us with Dr Miller’s paper?

1)Tacit Knowledge: What you know from being in the field, not from a textbook.

Our own knowledge of using our PBM machine on German Shepherd Myelopathy is that the therapy does work. The therapy should be added as an adjunct therapy-it doesn’t replace Megaderm, Denosyl, NSAIDS, Rehab, etc but PBMT alone, delivers about 70% of the total successful response.

2)Scientific Knowledge.

We know CDM disease is a mitochondrial-based disease with superoxide dismutase1 mutation being the fault line.

We know PBMT targets mitochondria very efficiently.

We know muscles and nerves have a high mitochondrial load.

Therefore PBM therapy has a natural scientific ‘in’ or ‘back door’ to this disease.

Conclusion. The findings of Dr Miller’s paper are worthy of application in general practice.

Reading list.

  1. Miller, L.A.; Torraca, D.G.; De Taboada, L. Retrospective observational study and analysis of two different photobiomodulation therapy protocols combined with rehabilitation therapy as therapeutic interventions for canine degenerative myelopathy. Photobiomodul. Photomed. Laser Surg. 2020, 38, 195–205. (Attached above)
  2. Canine degenerative myelopathy: a model of human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Raffaele Nardone

et al . PMID: 26432396 DOI: 10.1016/j.zool.2015.09.003

  1. Mitochondrial dysfunction and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Isabel Hervias et al . Muscle Nerve 2006 May;33(5):598-608. PMID: 16372325 DOI: 10.1002/mus.20489

  1. Pre-exercise low-level laser therapy improves performance and levels of oxidative stress markers in mdx mice subjected to muscle fatigue by high-intensity exercise. Paulo De Tarso et al. Lasers in Medical Science30(6) 1007/s10103-015-1777-7
  2. Evaluation of inflammatory biomarkers associated with oxidative stress and histological assessment of low-level laser therapy in experimental myopathy

Natalia Servetto et al lhttps://doi.org/10.1002/lsm.20910

  1. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) prevents oxidative stress and reduces fibrosis in rat-traumatized Achilles tendon Fillipin L. et al. https://doi.org/10.1002/lsm.20225.
  2. Millis D, Bergh A. Systematic Review A Systematic Literature Review of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Laser Therapy. Animals 2023. 14;13(4):667.doi:10.3390/ani13040667
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Let Lunchtime Focus on Food not on Facts

Our Vets at Vets1laser know the importance of keeping the focus of a busy clinic’s lunch times as a time for all staff to catch a breath and eat. Lunchtime is best spent taking in food, not taking in facts. Forget a Demo at lunchtime! Organise a time that best suits You, to learn more about all things Class IV Laser/PBMT. Contact us at [email protected] to find out more about how Vets1laser can be a game changer in your daily clinic or hospital schedule.