Mindy Tehan, RVT, gives laser therapy treatments
Denver resident, Sue Kohut, was alarmed when her Great Dane puppy, Beauxmont, became lethargic and developed swollen legs that were hot to the touch. At just five months old, the pup was diagnosed with hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), a painful bone disease that can occur in fast-growing large and giant breeds.
“It can be crippling—in certain cases, a puppy would have to be euthanized,” Kohut said. “I had this big puppy who was in so much pain. I was like, ‘Just fix him!’”
Fortunately, Kohut’s veterinarian developed a treatment protocol that included laser therapy. Unlike surgical lasers that cut through tissue, therapy lasers—or “cold” lasers—stimulate the body’s cells to promote healing and alleviate pain.
“I literally noticed an improvement after his first treatment,” Kohut said. “He was less lethargic and seemed like he was in less pain.”
After three or four laser therapy treatments, Beauxmont’s condition was completely resolved. Two years later, Beauxmont, who is also deaf and blind in one eye, is a loving pet who is “simultaneously graceful and...