Laser Surgery for Your Pet

posted: by: Dr. Joanne Carlson Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Sound crazy to think of lasers and pets? Not so far fetched…. While laser surgery once was used only on human patients, it is now available for pets. About 5,000 veterinary clinics nationwide, or about 16 percent of the nation’s animal clinics, have implemented the technology. We are very excited to now offer this incredible advancement at Loving Care Animal Hospital.

The way a laser works is determined by the specific wavelength of light that it produces. For example, the most commonly used surgical laser is a carbon dioxide laser which produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and soft tissue. Because the veterinarian can precisely control the laser; only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.

The benefits of laser surgery are tremendous for your furry friend. Essentially, there’s less pain since the laser energy seals the nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Therefore, your pet experiences less pain after surgery. The laser also seals blood vessels so there is reduced bleeding. This helps the veterinarian to perform the procedure more efficiently, reducing the time that your pet is under anesthesia. Furthermore, since the laser energy does not crush or tear the tissue there is much less swelling. Often times sutures can be avoided which makes your pet more comfortable.

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