Importance of Animals
We share our world with billions of animals. Many of them are raised on farms while others share our home as pets. They support economies, improve diets, provide companionship and more. As per Health for Animals, there are 223 million dogs and 220 million cats worldwide, excluding strays.
Animal health – be it the wellbeing of our pets, the animals on our farms, or the wide range of wildlife – is part of a vast, interdependent system with a cast of billions. Also, the human-animal bond has increased the focus on ensuring that animals receive adequate consideration and care.
A Long and Healthy Companion Animal Life
The preventive health exam is one of the best things we can do for our pet (Dog, Cat, Horse, Bird, Other - Amphibians, Chinchillas, Dolphins, Ferrets, Fish, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, Potbellied Pigs, Rabbits, Rats, Reptiles, Sugar Gliders, Turtle). Pets age more quickly than people do. They have a faster metabolic rate, faster heart rates and shorter life spans, so physiology and pathology go a little quicker as well.
Just like humans, pets need to see the doctor for regular veterinary care. Monitoring pet's health is important to make sure he or she is as healthy as possible. What cannot be detected with a physical exam may be picked up with blood tests, x-rays, or ultrasound. All these procedures can become very valuable in detecting a problem early on so that treatment can be started early on as well.
Laser Therapy - an FDA-cleared Modality - Use is on the Rise in Veterinary Medicine
In the realm of alternative veterinary medicine, veterinarians are implementing various practices that encourage the body to heal itself without or in conjunction with medication. While veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitation are on the rise, laser therapy is also gaining popularity.
Routine laser use in veterinary medicine stands poised to gain large-scale general acceptance for everyday routine and specialty procedures. Veterinary laser therapy (Photobiomodulation) is an innovative treatment that has gained popularity in recent years as veterinarians discover its benefits for pets. Used similarly to acupuncture, massage therapy, and other alternative therapies, laser treatment can be used in conjunction with or in place of medication to manage pain, inflammation, and wound healing.
Laser therapy actually accomplish - acceleration of the healing process - relieves pain, modulation of the inflammatory response, increases microcirculation.
Laser therapy helps tissue repair by endorphin release, vasodilation, muscle relaxation, decreased inflammation, faster healing and repair.
Laser therapy is used for many veterinary medical conditions, such as anal gland infection, back pain, chronic arthritis, dental abscess, gingivitis, open wounds and ulcerations, surgical incisions, traumatic injuries etc.
Laser therapy is particularly useful for pets with limited medical treatment options, such as:
The increasingly popular treatment option goes by many names: low-level laser (LLLT), IB laser, cold laser, K-laser, and more. Low-level lasers are intended to have effects on tissue without causing any damage. Leading dental laser marketer, BIOLASE, Inc. launched the EPIC V-Series™ veterinary soft-tissue in 2013.
Pets or Livestock, All Requires Veterinary Care
According to FAO ensuring good animal health - by taking both preventive and corrective measures - livestock production systems can produce healthy and productive farm animals that make important contributions to food security, nutrition, sustainability, income generation, job creation, economic growth, poverty alleviation and one health (animal health, human health and the shared environment are part of a deeply interconnected system). Governments and policymakers have to recognize the importance of animal health – and its consequences to human health – and to invest in producing more of these much-needed professionals.
This pressure will be felt most in the many communities across the world who already have inadequate access to veterinary care. This may be because there aren’t enough veterinarians, or because treatments and veterinary care are too expensive. As per American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), U.S. has 118,624 veterinarians (75,349 are in private practice, while 17,113 are employed in public and corporate institutions). Number of veterinary clinics in the U.S. ranges from 28,000 to 32,000, as per 2017 AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinary Services. Also, industry experts have observed that consumer spending on domesticated animals in the U.S. is growing exponentially.
Veterinary Professionals Essential in Maintaining Our Food Supply of Today and Future
According to Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D): Livestock and Economy are inter-dependent. Pressure on our food supply is set to increase dramatically. A rapidly growing global population and a flourishing middle class means production of food protein will need to double by 2050 to feed 10 billion people – approximately a third more than we have today.
Livestock sector make up 40% of total agricultural GDP globally and on the rise. Driven majorly by science and technology (breeding and genetics, nutrition, and disease) as well as increases in animal numbers. Currently, livestock is one of the fastest growing agricultural subsectors in developing countries.
Yet, livestock production is likely to be increasingly affected by carbon constraints and environmental and animal welfare legislation. Demand for livestock products in the future, particularly in developed countries, could be heavily moderated by socio-economic factors such as human health concerns and changing socio-cultural values.
Professional Associations and International Bodies
The American Institute of Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA) for Laser Education and Ethics, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for Accreditation, Guidelines, Education, Resources, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) is the specialty board which sets the standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary surgery. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Clinical practice guidelines. American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advocate for the veterinary profession.
NAALT (the North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy) and WALT (the World Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy) have been hosting PBM conferences over the past 30 years.
US and EU Veterinary Medical Device Regulation – Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) is the largest global organization of and for those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products. As well as Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC).
Major Players in Photobiomodulation Devices
BTL, Celtic SMR, Crane Medical Pty Ltd, El.En. Group, Energy Laser A/S, INDIBA, K-Laser, Mano Médical, Quantum Healing Lasers, SonoPath, Sound Imaging, SpectraVET, Vetstream are photobiomodulation laser manufacturers and suppliers.