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Low-Intensity Laser Light-Induced Closure of a Chronic Wound in a Dog

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To describe the application of low-intensity laser light for treatment of a chronic, full-thickness skin wound in a dog. Study Design

Case report. Animals

An 8-year old, castrated Whippet. Methods

The wound was irradiated on the awake patient with 630 nM wavelength, nonthermal red light once daily for 4 consecutive days. Changes in wound surface area were measured by computer analysis of digital images of the wound. Results

The wound diminished in size during the course of laser treatments and was completely healed by day 21. No post-treatment complications occurred. Conclusions

Low-intensity laser light may be useful for treatment of chronic skin wounds in dogs.

©Copyright 1999 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Center for Companion Animal Health (Lucroy), University of California, Davis, CA. 2: From the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences (Edwards, Madewell), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA.

Publication date: 01 July 1999

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