Dolly's arthritis: Veterinary laser therapy application near and far

August 27, 2018

Dr. Matthew Brunke is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and practices rehab, acupuncture and pain management in the Maryland area. For more information check out

A rehab specialist shares a real-world case where the modality, conducted in concert with the referring practice, made a difference.

One key to the effective rehabilitation of a veterinary patient is frequent appointments with the treating specialist, says Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA. When this becomes problematic due to distance, for example, Dr. Brunke says a patient's primary care veterinarian can still take part in the process with laser therapy.

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Here he shares the case of a patient named Dolly. When it became impractical for Dolly's owners to continue twice weekly, four-hour round trips for treatment, Dr. Brunke referred the patient back to her normal veterinarian.

"They manage her with laser therapy twice a week," he says. "Then when she has problems or she has her flare-ups, they come back and see us and we'll re-inject her joints."

How successful is this approach? Dr. Brunke reports that the arrangement is working well after six months.

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