A procedure that involves removing small sections of your pet’s affected skin. The skin can then be processed, stained, and examined under a microscope by pathologists who specialize in evaluating skin biopsies to determine what type of skin disease your pet has. This procedure is frequently performed under local anesthesia, eliminating the need for sedation or general anesthesia.
CO2 laser surgery is typically used to treat or remove various skin masses, especially papillomas (warts), various skin and ear tumors, interdigital nodules and furunculosis, other. Depending on the size and location of the skin mass, the laser surgery may be conducted with a local block or while the pets is sedated or under general anesthesia. The benefit of laser surgery is limited bleeding with often less pain and inflammation and a quicker recovery.
Cryosurgery is a procedure where a specialized cryoprobe is used to rapidly freezing skin lesions (usually abnormal tissue, tumors, warts, skin tags, etc.). This freezing destroys the lesion which typically scabs over and then falls off in about 14 days. Sedation is typically not needed, although a local block (anesthesia) is often used to numb the area to be treated with cryosurgery.