Dr. Andrew Isaacs, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

His primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors
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Laser Light Therapy Contraindication
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016

Linda would like to know if there are any situations that laser light therapy would not be recommended for pain and nerve stimulation during a disc episode.

Linda, laser therapy is contraindicated for use with tumors.  

So, this is why it would be ideal to perform diagnostics (and rule out a tumor) prior to using laser therapy.

Granted, in some cases where finances are limited and the index of suspicion is great enough for a disk herniation laser can be used, but the owner should be made aware of the potential deleterious effects if it is not a disk.

[Editor's note: It is known laser light energy promotes a reaction which increases cellular metabolism.  Activity of tumor cells could also increase with laser light therapy.]

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