Freezing is an Option

Cryo Surgery for Royal Oak Pets

If your pet’s skin problems have graduated from occasional dog rashes to suspicious lumps or tumors, you might worry about his having to go “under the knife” to remove the growth. But here at Woodside Animal Hospital, our veterinary team has an alternative to traditional surgery. “Cryo,” or cryogenic surgery, enables us to perform certain kinds of surgical procedures with no need for incisions at all.

Freezing Away Lesions at Our Vet Center

Cryogenic surgery does not cut — it freezes. We use a specially-designed instrument that directs liquid nitrogen directly onto the affected area. This technique works particularly well for removing potentially harmful or deadly external growths, such as skin cancer in dogs or cats. These Royal Oak vet provides cryo surgery for skin cancer in dogsgrowths typically contain a mass of tiny blood vessels, making them difficult to remove by traditional methods without causing excessive blood loss. By freezing (and thus killing) the growth instead of cutting it out, we remove any concerns about bleeding. A local anesthetic ensures your pet’s comfort. After a few weeks the frozen mass or blemish simply disappears. The lack of sutures also makes your pet less likely to chew or lick at the healing wound, reducing his chances of contracting a bacterial infection.

While cryogenic surgery serves as a welcome option for many pets, for other pets it may be the only safe method available for tumor removal. General anesthesia, a requirement for many traditional surgeries, always carries a slight though well-controlled degree of risk for any animal. But pets who are advanced in years or struggling with health problems such as a weak heart have a significantly higher risk under general anesthesia. In these cases cryo can literally be a lifesaver, enabling your pet to get the surgery he needs with a simple, safe “local” procedure.

If your pet has a skin problem or tumor, bring him to Woodside Animal Hospital. Our Royal Oak veterinarian, Dr. Simon, will evaluate the situation and let you know whether cryo makes good sense under the circumstances.

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