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Laser Surgery

Is your new kitten climbing up your drapes, scratching the furniture, and clawing you and your family? If you are thinking about declawing your kitten or cat, laser surgery may be an option for your soon-to-be cuddly companion! Laser surgery is ideal for a number of reasons, more specifically because there less pain, bleeding, and swelling.

When cats are declawed by more traditional method (disarticulation), a scalpel is used to disconnect all of the tiny ligaments holding the third bone in place (which is where the nail grows from). The entire third bone is removed in its entirety. With a laser declaw, instead of a scalpel used to remove the third bone, a beam of light (laser) precisely cuts, seals, and vaporizes the tissue. There is virtually no bleeding during and after the surgery, there is less pain, and in most cases no bandage.

“The laser… is the kindest cut of all for cats being declawed… It reduces bleeding, minimizes the risk of infection, eliminates the need for sutures, cuts down on postoperative pain, and lessens recovery time… Laser declawing… is light years ahead of the scalpel method,” Alison Netsel said in A Cats and Kittens Special Report on “Lasers Expedite Declawing: Let There Be Light,” in Cats and Kittens Magazine.

Spay & Neuter
Are you considering having your companion spayed or neutered? Laser surgery can reduce the risks of infection and cut down recovery time! The laser technology reduces the trauma to your pet, improves recovery, reduces the risk of infection, and often shortens hospital stays.

Laser neutering and spaying is considered some of the simplest procedures in the veterinary world. In most cases for neutering, a small incision is made, the testicles are removed, and the incision is closed up. There are also many health benefits associated with spaying/neutering such as prostate infection and enlargement, and prevention of certain hernias and tumors of the testicles and anus.

What is a laser and how does it work?

A laser is a device generating an intense beam of clear light that can cut, seal, or vaporize tissue. The way a laser works is determined by the wavelength of light it produces. For example, the most commonly used surgical laser is a CO2 laser. It produces a beam of invisible light vaporizing water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. Because veterinarians can precisely control the laser, only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.

How does laser surgery benefit my companion?

The laser seals nerve endings as it “cuts” resulting in less pain and more comfort during the post-operative period. It seals small blood vessels so there is less bleeding, this also speeds up procedures, reducing the amount of time your pet needs to be under anesthesia, also reducing possible complications. With only a beam of light making contact with the tissue the laser energy does not crush, tear, or bruise tissue, so there is less swelling leading to a shorter recovery period.

There will be a reduced risk of infection, better precision during the procedure, and a quick return to normal activities. As the laser removes the diseased or unwanted tissue it seals the blood vessels and skin and reduces the amount of bacteria present. Because the laser can remove the tissue while minimizing effects to the healthy tissue without a lot of bleeding, precision and accuracy are of higher quality than procedures done with a scalpel. Laser surgery has a better course of healing and less post-operative discomfort to your companion so your companion can get back to playing toss, chasing mice, and enjoying the family like normal.

What are other common laser procedures?

  • amputations
  • oral and dental procedures
  • occular procedures
  • mass removals
  • dermatological procedures
  • avian (bird) and exotic procedures

For more information about laser surgery for your companion, or if you feel your companion would be eligible, contact your veterinarian.

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