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What is Laser Therapy?

What is Laser Therapy?

The Benefits of Laser Therapy Treatments for Pets
Reducing Pain, Inflammation, and Speeding Up Healing and Recovery Time

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is an FDA-approved therapeutic treatment that is used for reducing pain and inflammation associated with a variety of medical conditions. In addition to reducing pain and inflammation, laser therapy can also help promote faster healing and recovery times. South Town Animal Hospital uses laser therapy treatments to help improve and reduce symptoms of certain medical conditions.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?    

South Town Animal Hospital uses the ‘Companion’ laser system, which sends light energy deep into the tissue so that the cells can stimulate a healthy chemical change, leading to stimulation of healthy energy within cells. The energized cells are then able to be rejuvenated and repaired, which leads to healthier cells and tissue within the body. The cells are able to rejuvenate more quickly and repair damage.

What Can Be Treated With Laser Therapy?

Many medical conditions may benefit from the use of laser therapy. Laser therapy treatments can help speed up the healing and recovery time in patients suffering from a variety of conditions such as pain, arthritis, allergies, post-surgical healing, lick granulomas, neurological conditions, wounds, fractures, and more!

How Laser Therapy Can Benefit Your Pet?

The effects of laser light therapy are very beneficial as they help target pain, inflammation, and speed up wound healing recovery time. Your pet may feel relief the very first day of treatment, and most owners notice their pets feeling relief within the first few sessions of treatment.

Is Laser Therapy Painful to my Pet?

In addition to it’s wonderful benefits, laser therapy is not only relaxing, but-pain-free.
Each laser treatment requires different treatment time and frequency. Based on your pet’s condition, he or she will have a plan created to utilize the best treatment possible for optimum results.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation with our doctors please contact South Town Animal Hospital at 847-695-7387.  You can also visit the Companion Therapy Laser Therapy website for further information by clicking here.

Get to Know Dr. Groth

Get to Know Dr. Groth

Dr. Groth graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 18 years.

Dental Awareness Month- Simba’s Dental Cleaning Adventure

Dental Awareness Month- Simba’s Dental Cleaning Adventure

Dental Awareness Month- Simba’s Dental Cleaning Adventure

February 2017

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause multiple health problems in both cats and dogs. Being proactive in dental preventive care, can not only help prevent and maintain periodontal disease in both cats and dogs, but it can help preserve teeth and help prevent tooth decay and loss. Dental tartar and build-up can not only lead to foul breath, but it can also increase the risk of gum disease and other diseases as well as tooth decay and loss.

Leptospirosis- Is your pet protected? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Leptospirosis- Is your pet protected? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Leptospirosis-Is your pet at risk for this bacterial infection? Leptospirosis can be acquired by dogs once exposed to the Leptospira bacteria. The bacteria are most commonly spread through the urine of infected wildlife and lives in infected soil, water, and food. Wildlife that most commonly spread this disease are rodents, raccoons, opossums, cattle, swine, horses, sheep, and goats.  Once contracted, dogs can also spread it to other animals, even other dogs! Leptospira penetrates the skin and spread through the bloodstream, causing potentially great harm to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, eyes, and central nervous system.

Safety and Shelter Tips for Outdoor and Feral Cats During the Winter Season!

Safety and Shelter Tips for Outdoor and Feral Cats During the Winter Season!

If you have an indoor/outdoor cat who absolutely insists on going outside during the freezing temperatures, it is important that you create a safety outlet for her/him near your home. A warm shelter with food and water can make a large impact on preserving your pet’s health and safety.

As for feral cats, it may be hard for them to seek the shelter that will help aid in their survival. Although, feral cats are naturals when it comes to seeking shelter- it can be very rough during these unbearably cold times.

My Pet is Drinking More Water and Urinating Frequently.  Could it be Diabetes?

My Pet is Drinking More Water and Urinating Frequently. Could it be Diabetes?

Your happy, wet-nosed Labrador Retriever, Bella, has always been a healthy girl ever since the day you brought her home. Since the warmer months of Summer, you have noticed that she has been drinking more and urinating more. Maybe the warmer temperatures outside have Bella more active, or hot, so that she is drinking more water, but what about the fact that she has been urinating more? A lot more? With signs of drinking more water and urinating more frequently, it is possible that Bella may have diabetes. What exactly is diabetes?

From Halloween Treats to Thanksgiving’s Turkey Dinner- Did You Know About These Common Pet Dangers?

From Halloween Treats to Thanksgiving’s Turkey Dinner- Did You Know About These Common Pet Dangers?



The fall festivities of Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and a variety of table foods and delicious treats will be right before our eyes! As pet owners, it is important that we know that these foods can be very dangerous if our pets were to consume them. Not only do some of these table foods and treats pose as choking hazards, but they can also cause a variety of health complications, if ingested. Some of these Fall treats can have severe, life-threatening consequences if consumed in any number or quantity.

Does Your Pet Need a Dental Cleaning?

Does Your Pet Need a Dental Cleaning?



Does your pet have bad breath? Is he spending more time trying to chew his food, or is he avoiding eating hard treats and food all together? These are sings that your pet is feeling pain or discomfort. If you are noticing that your pet is showing these signs of discomfort, it is time for him to have an oral health examination by his veterinarian! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause multiple health problems in both cats and dogs. In order to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your pet’s mouth, a professional dental cleaning is recommended for your pet. Yearly oral health examinations and professional dental cleanings are the safest and most effective way to practice quality oral health care. Taking good care of your pet’s oral health is very important for not only your pet’s overall healthy well-being, but it can help prevent and manage the #1 gum disease- periodontal disease.