Photizo shines its light on Guinea Pigs and All Creatures Great and Small

When Yasmin Porritt of Yorkshire Pooches Therapies was studying at Rose Therapies & Training (, she first spotted Photizo Vetcare in a free copy of Animal Therapy Magazine at Crufts.

Through her study the name Photizo kept popping up in conversation with fellow students, lecturers and in magazine articles. Once qualified Yaz invested in a Photizo Vetcare to integrate into her practice.

As a specialist in Merishia massage, which is a combination of Swedish and Sports massage techniques, responding to behavioural cues. She explains:

“I couldn’t wait to own my own Vetcare and integrate ‘red light therapy’ into my massage sessions. Being so easy to use and portable it is a great way to prepare a muscle for manual manipulation. Plus I encourage my clients to actively take part in sessions, using the Vetcare with direction from myself ”.

A massive animal lover, Yaz shares her home with her dogs Lily, Rodney, Peggy and Romanian foster dog Tycho, Charlie the rescue Cockatiel and a rescue fish named Gunther.

For as long as she can remember, Yaz has been a massive fan of Guinea Pigs. Currently Yaz is on the waiting list to re-home a suitable Guinea Pig to live with Nancy, her ‘American’ Guinea Pig.

Sadly due to their relatively short lifespans, Yaz’s previous Guinea Pigs Tyrion, Lupin, Rosie and Juno have passed. But it was her tiny favourite Juno who inspired Yaz to use Photizo on her ‘piggies’, and learn more about the device’s flexibility and deep natural healing.

As Juno began to slow down with old age at around five years, Yaz was determined to keep her mobile, boost her immune system and promote her natural well being.

Desperately fond of these ‘small furries’ Yaz adores their cheeky personalities and proves that animal welfare is most definitely for all creatures great and small!

One day as Yaz was massaging raw coconut oil into Juno’s dry skin, she experimented with some of her Merishia massage techniques. Clearly scaling the movements down in proportion to Juno’s petite body combining effleurage, ROM and paw work, Juno responded immediately. That’s when the lightbulb moment happened, Yaz enthused: “Why hadn’t I used Photizo on my ‘piggies’? Looking for research on the use of LED therapy and geriatric Guinea pig care, it became clear that I was flying in uncharted territory. However Photizo works beneath the mitochondria creating a cascade of biological effects, deep at a cellular level to promote ATP. There’s cases of its success on various animals, so why not on a ‘piggie’? I find it’s so easy to use. Also with its pre-programmed evidence based 30 second doses it makes the Vetcare so easy to monitor the dosing effects.”

Photizo and Merishia massage complement each other so well, aiding in soft tissue preparation before manipulation. Tissue or fascia that has become adhesive causing trigger points can be softened and broken down through manual techniques Photizo can be put straight to work, rejuvenating the cells to begin healing where trigger points have been released. In order to repair and restore muscle health, we must first address the root tension and damage to then go on to build strong muscle foundations. The Photizo is also a great way to get to those small hard to reach areas, where if I attempted deep tissue work it would be too uncomfortable and invasive for the animal”.

Given Juno’s age and deteriorating health, she was suffering with extensive muscle atrophy across her body but still able to move, feed, toilet and groom herself.

“I couldn’t wait to own my own Vetcare and integrate ‘red light therapy’ into my massage sessions. Being so easy to use and portable it is a great way to prepare a muscle for manual manipulation.”

— Yasmin Porritt

Yaz began with the Photizo roughly an inch of the skin to gauge Juno’s reaction, the beep of the Photizo caused a flicker of the ear before she went back to munching on her veggies. Due to the muscle atrophy and Juno’s size, the dosage I used was one preprogrammed dose per area once a day. (see below).

  • One dose administered lateral of median plane per limb

  • One dose administered dorsal of each paw

  • One dose administered to the base of the skull and dorsal of cervical vertebrae

  • One dose administered dorsal of the thoracic vertebrae

  • One dose administered dorsel of the lumbar vertebrae

  • One dose administered dorsal of the sacral vertebrae, covering the left and right iliac crest of pelvis

  • One dose administered dorsal of the coccygeal vertebrae, covering the left and right ischium point of pelvis

  • One dose administered ventral of entire pelvis

Juno was completely receptive to Photizo being used and purring happily with the odd yawn and stretch thrown in. It was after the 2nd session with Juno Yaz noticed that during her floor time she was more active with longer bursts of running and even the odd popcorn!

Yaz continued: “As Juno moved into her palliative care phase, Photizo was upped to twice a day with the same doses, to best manage pain and discomfort. When Juno passed our household was devastated, for something so little she still holds a huge place in our hearts and I’m glad that Photizo was able to make her last months with us more comfortable.

Nancy has no current health complaints but I use Photizo on her three times a week, same doses, just to work pre-emptively, supporting her active lifestyle and longevity of her overall musculoskeletal health.

Ruth Milner, MD, Danetre Health products added: “We’re so delighted to hear that Yaz has been one of the first to use the Vetcare on Guinea Pigs. The device is completely ‘multi-species and not limited to dogs, cats and horses. We’ve seen Tigers, Pangolins, Squirrels, Hedgehogs, birds of Prey all treated successfully with Photizo’s Vetcare.

In fact, the latest CE approved range for people including Pain Relief, Sports, and the beauty tool, Blush prove the generic effects of Photobiomodulation – the official term for the systemic effects of red and near Infrared light. The Photizo range has been delivered after years of research and using the latest LED (Light Emitting Diodes) technology. Making the range safe to use without cumbersome eyewear sets the range apart as easy and safe to use not just in practice, but at home too.”

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