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There doesn’t seem to be much about laser treatment. My dog has grape sized swellings on her feet and someone suggested that lasering would make them better. Would it?

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Thanks – the vet says they’re arthritis.

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Hi Judi
It is important to determine what these lumps are on the feet before starting on laser therapy. Lasers are very good for osteoarthritis as they stimulate the cells in the body to produce enzymes that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects that damaged cells are not able to produce in an adequate amount themselves.
However, laser therapy should not be used over lumps unless you have a diagnosis on what they are, this is because the laser also helps to increase the blood flow to the treated area and if a lump may be cancerous then there is a risk the cells could be spread quicker due to the increase in blood flow. If the lumps are known to be benign and harmless then the laser would be fine to use and would help with any discomfort they are causing, but it would not reduce their size or make them disappear. So really I think the first port of call, if not already done, is to investigate what the lumps are and then consider laser therapy if they are benign.

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Hi Judi, We have some CAM team members who are laser experts – I’ll send them over this way to answer your question.

Do you know what the lumps are? Do you mean arthritic changes or has your vet biopsied the lumps?

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