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What is laser therapy for dogs?

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Veterinary laser therapy is used to treat dogs with arthritis and other soft tissue inflammation, as well as to aid wound healing. The procedure uses a laser beam to penetrate affected muscle or soft tissue, which stimulates blood flow and encourages the damaged area to heal.

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In addition to reducing inflammation and promoting healing, laser therapy causes the body to release endorphins, which has a natural analgesic effect and minimizes pain signals. A typical session takes 10 minutes for a cat or a moderately-sized dog, but it may take longer for large dogs with very involved arthritis. The frequency of the treatments depends on the pet's condition and its response to therapy.

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