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Cold Laser Therapy Eases Pet Pain

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Laser treatment for dogs is being lauded as a safe, effective way to treat injuries and relieve pain. The procedure involves a low-powered laser that does not produce heat -- hence the name "cold laser." 
 
It's been used to treat muscular injuries, tendinitis, open wounds, and arthritis. Although it isn't a cure for arthritis, the therapy can help reduce pain and and increase the dog's range of motion.
 
How does it work?

According to RaisingHealthyDogs.com, "A laser directs a ray of infra-red light energy into the injured part of your dog’s body. This light energy reduces inflammation and increases the flow of blood to the area which encourages healing. It also enhances their body’s immune system, and causes the release of endorphins which help to relieve their pain. There is also a suggestion that the light energy affects nerve endings, and stops them sending pain messages to the brain."
 
The treatment is painless and quick and does not require sedation. There's also no need to shave or clip the dog's fur in the affected area as with traditional surgery. Therefore, the treatment can be applied multiple times at the beginning, as is usually the case. ThePetDoctor.com noted that often the treatments are performed every few days for the first one or two weeks, then at a weekly or biweekly interval as healing progresses.
 
How much does it cost?
 
The AKC investigated and found:

Price points for laser therapy range from $25.00 to $45.00 per session at the Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut, California.

At Newkirk Family Veterinary, in Egg Harbor, N.J., sessions are packaged as a bundle on the first day the dog is evaluated. Then the dog comes in twice a week and half the time a technician will perform the treatment.  Costs run around 
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