Laser Therapy for Feline Chronic Renal Failure
Clinical Case Report on Feline Chronic Renal Failure treated with the Microlight ML830 Cold Laser.
Max is a fourteen-year-old, eleven pound, neutered male orange tabby cat. He has been a patient of ours for most of his life and his medical history has been relatively uneventful until last year. In May of 2009 he underwent a laser declaw at thirteen. His laboratory work showed an elevated BUN (44 mg/dl) and a borderline high Creatinine (2.3 mg/dl). In the absence of clinical illness we merely place him on Feline NF (Purina) and Epakitin, to be rechecked in a month. At that visit his BUN was 40 mg/dl and the Creatinine had not changed.
Six months after that visit Max was presented for ataxia and mild dehydration. His BUN was 48 mg/dl and Creatinine was 2.5 mg/dl. He was given 150 ml saline subcutaneously and placed back on Epakitin and Rubenal. We chose to treat each kidney with 6 J of energy as well as the standard therapy. Within two days he was back to normal clinically. A month later he was still clinically normal and his BUN is 40 mg/dl and Creatinine is still 2.5. Another treatment of 6 J was given and he was sent home to recheck in a few months.
Whether the laser was of benefit or not is entirely debatable but it is known to stabilize damaged cells and restart cellular respiration. This suppresses pathological processes in nephrocytes, and can stimulate compensatory processes in the contralateral kidney in experimental models (Urologiia. 2006 May-Jun: (3): 47-50). In this instance the laser was considered to be ancillary and, as it is of no danger, little cost, and potentially beneficial, it is deemed an appropriate use of the technology.
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