Cats and Laser Surgery
Date: Fall 2011
Is laser surgery used with cats?
Is laser surgery used with cats? Yes!
Laser surgery is a very broad category! Lasers are used in veterinary medicine on cats and dogs for various surgeries. The benefit of lasers is that they are able to close blood vessels with heat and decrease bleeding. With cats, lasers are most commonly used for declaw procedures. They have also been used for various other things like skin incisions (with less bleeding) and some eye surgeries. There are disadvantages to the use of lasers - they require additional training and practice, special facilities within a clinic, they are expensive, and there is risk of fire (animals undergoing surgery are receive oxygen which is very combustible) - to name a few.
Saundra Sample DVM
University of Wisconsin - Madison
That is a good question. The answer is yes, that lasers can be and are used in surgery on cats. Dogs too!
Louis M. Huzella, DVM, Diplomate, ACVP
Veterinary Pathologist, Contractor
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