6 year old German Shepherd Dog
The patient presented with a chronic open wound on the medical metatarsal area. The owner was unsure of the cause and had been treating the wound for the past week and a half himself with topical ointments. According to the owner, the wound was not healing at all and the dog was starting to lick the affected area.
Light therapy was done for 5 minutes, once a day for a week. The dog was only started on concurrent Cephalexin antibiotics and anti-inflammatories 2 days after light therapy had commenced. X-rays revealed underlying instability, with ankylosis of the joint starting to form, as being the primary underlying cause of the pain and subsequent licking of the infected area.
Note the drastic change in appearance of the wound after only 1 light therapy treatment and without any anti-inflammatory drugs or dressings. A collar was never needed as the patient stopped licking. The patient was sent home with anti-inflammatory drugs.