Thursday, August 14, 2014

Veterinary Laser Surgery Is Very Intricate

By Tanisha Berg

Having a beloved pet going into surgery is worrisome. They are a part of your family and it is not nice knowing someone you love will be going under anesthetic. Veterinary laser devices are now being used for most operations.

These are used as it causes less bleeding when any small blood vessels are cut as it cauterizes at the same time. The risk of getting an infection after the operation is bought down to a minimum and the C02 laser sterilizes everything in its path. The pain is lessened as well and there tends to be a lot less swelling. It is found that the recuperation time is much quicker than having to be cut open by a scalpel.

To prevent this from happening always ensure that your pets sleeping area is dry and clean and that there are no surfaces that are rough for them to run on. This can eventually cause some deep bone and tendon infections and can be permanent. They will eventually no longer be able to stand making it impossible to eat and drink.

The beam that is produced from the laser has a long wavelength and is absorbed by water. As the body is mostly water this laser can only go into the tissues fairly shallow so there is not much thermal damage done. This carbon dioxide laser is much easier for the user to learn and is more widely used today because of this.

This is used in the removal of Fibrosarcoma in cats and dogs. It is a form of cancer of the connective tissues and is fairly common. These can be seen anywhere on the skin and even on the mouth. If you pet has had a previous vaccine these can occur on these sites. Radiation treatment is advised to help prevent them coming back.

If your pet has any swelling on the skin and is painful when touched, have it seen too. Not all of these swellings will be sore but they are prone to grow very quickly. If they are having problems swallowing their water or food, have terrible breath or have blood coming from the mouth, don't waste time and take them to a vet immediately.

In order for a vet to know if this is cancer or just a normal growth, he will need to take a biopsy with a very fine needle. The other way they do this is by taking blood tests and x-rays. In some instances a CT scan and MRI will be needed to see if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. As this is an aggressive disease there is a chance that it can spread into the bones as well.

Veterinary lasers are especially good for working on any birds or exotic animals. They are normally small and any loss of blood could be a danger for them. Very little blood volume is lost and because all nerve endings are sealed the pain is not too bad and this will help them with their fear and anxiety.

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