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Evidence Update: New Study Finds no Benefit from Cold Laser for Dogs Having Surgery for Disk Disease

A hot topic in veterinary medicine these days is cold laser therapy. I’ve been reviewing the theory and research evidence for this treatment regularly from my first review in 2010 to my most recent look at the evidence in 2016. … Continue reading

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WVC 2016: The Laser Craze

Here are my notes and slides from my presentation of low-level lasers. WHAT IS LASER THERAPY? Laser therapy is, at its simplest, the application of light to living organisms to obtain health benefits. However, there is a bewildering amount of … Continue reading

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Evidence Update: Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs & Cats

I first summarized the scant evidence concerning low-level or “cold” laser therapy in companion animals in 2010, and I reviewed a couple of small studies in 2011. A recent checked showed only a couple of studies looking at cold laser … Continue reading

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Two Small Studies of Cold Laser Therapy Show Mixed Results for Intervertebral Disk Rupture in Dogs

? An abstract presented at this year’s American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine reports on a study hypothesizing that low level laser therapy would shorten recovery times in dogs having back surgery for ruptured intervertebral disks and hind limb paralysis. … Continue reading

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Cold Laser Therapy

A popular therapy among chiropractors who treat pets is low level laser or “cold laser” treatment. It is an impressive bit of showmanship to pull out a complex-looking device and with a serious expression wave a beam of light over … Continue reading

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Latest Integrative Nonsense from the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal- Spring 2017

Introduction Alternative medicine practitioners have had a lot of success marketing their methods to the mainstream veterinary profession by obscuring or downplaying the most egregiously unscientific and ridiculous of their beliefs and practices when speaking outside of their own groups. … Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Role of Alternative Medicine in the Animal Hospice Movement

I first wrote about the subject of hospice care for animals in the first year of this blog, 2009. I feel strongly that there is a need to adapt the concepts of hospice and palliative care developed in human medicine … Continue reading

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SkeptVet’s Acupuncture Adventure- The Hand’s On Training and Wrap-Up

After nearly 100 hours on online instruction and independent study, my acupuncture training has concluded with a 5-day hands-on practicum and both a written and practical exam. All that remains to do to finish my certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture … Continue reading

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Myofascial Trigger Points-Real or Imaginary?

One of the reasons I chose the acupuncture course I am currently taking is that the instructors are very clear about rejecting the Traditional Chinese Medicine mythology of Qi, Yin and Yang, and all the rest that is often used … Continue reading

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Skeptvet’s Acupuncture Adventure- Part 7: Emerging Themes

I haven’t updated my acupuncture adventure in a while, largely because I’m past the part of the course making general claims and justifications of acupuncture and into the portion that consists mostly of memorizing individual points and associated anatomical and … Continue reading

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