Dermatological Laser Therapy for Pet Skin & Ear Conditions
Pets affected with a variety of skin and ear conditions can benefit from receiving dermatological laser therapy treatment at VetDERM Clinic. Our pet dermatology clinic is proud to offer laser surgery as a progressive new option for our clients who want a safe and minimally painful treatment for their pets.
Laser therapy has been used in human healthcare for a long time and is a proven service with many skin and dermatology related applications. More recently, veterinarians have started applying laser surgery as part of pet care. At VetDERM Clinic, we are proud to be on the leading edge of advanced animal care, including laser surgery and laser therapy.
In many cases, laser surgery can be extremely beneficial over traditional surgery. Sometimes, it may be the only reliable surgical option. Our vet dermatology team is happy to discuss whether laser surgery is the best option for your pet.
At VetDERM Clinic, a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to provide precise and versatile healing effects in soft tissue of the skin, which helps treat pet dermatological, nail, ear and lump treatments using this new and fundamentally different approach compared to standard steel surgery.
Laser therapy is provided by our dermatologist using the Aesculight state-of-the-art CO2 Laser. This flexible fibre laser is known for its incredible precision and versatility, bringing to our clients and their pets the most current technology available.
Why Use Dermatological Laser Therapy for Pet Skin, Nail, and Ear Conditions?
- Less pain. The laser seals nerve endings as it moves through the soft tissue. Your pet will feel less pain post-surgery.
- Reduced infection and risks. The high heat from the laser kills harmful bacteria as it moves through infected areas, therefore reducing the risk of recurring infection.
- Less bleeding. The laser will also seal small blood vessels during surgery, which results in less bleeding and faster procedures.
- Less swelling. Thanks to laser technology, only light comes in contact with the soft tissue, causing minimal swelling as a result.
- Extreme precision. Using laser enables our vet dermatologist to only treat or remove the targeted soft tissue, which leaves healthy surrounding skin untouched.
- Greater comfort. Because the laser seals nerve endings and lymphatics, it reduces pain triggers and thus makes treatment a far more comfortable experience for pets.
- Faster recovery time. For all of the reasons listed above, your pet will be less likely to feel discomfort post-surgery and can return home to normal activities sooner.
What Can Pet Dermatological Laser Therapy Be Used For?
This form of treatment can be used effectively for several pet skin, nail, ear, and lump conditions, include the following examples:
- Acral lick granuloma (lick granuloma)
- Aural (ear) hematoma
- Ear canal polyps
- Feline ceruminous cystomatosis laser ablation
- Intradigital cyst (granuloma) ablation
- Perianal adenoma
- External ear canal growth
- Nasal hyperkeratosis
- Digital fibroma excision
- Interdigital cornified growth
- Sebaceous cyst
- Sebaceous hyperplasia (adenoma)
- Meibomium gland tumor
- Viral papilloma wart like lesions
- Canine pigmented viral plaques
- Feline bowenoid in situ carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Actinic in situ carcinoma (actinic keratosis)
- Pinna tumors
- Calcinosis circumscripta
- Follicular cysts
- Follicular tumors
- Nodular sebaceous hyperplasia
- Skin tumours in areas not easily accessible by classical surgery techniques
Should My Pet Receive Dermatological Laser Therapy?
Your pet could be a potential candidate for receiving this form of treatment if any of the following applies:
- Short procedure time is desired
- Non-sedation skin mass removal is desired
- Quick recovery is desired after the procedure
- Pain medication needs to be minimized, thus a less painful procedure is indicated
- Traditional treatments are not possible due to the diagnosed problem
- Traditional treatments have been previously applied with unsuccessful results
- Anesthesia is contraindicated or needs to be minimized, which may be achieved using laser surgery
In order to determine if your pet is a potential candidate, please consult with our veterinary dermatologist. Laser treatment may be right for your pet and can help resolve discomfort or a new or old skin lesion or mass affecting your pet, either as part of comprehensive dermatological care plan for your pet or as a sole treatment.