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
Clinical Pathologist Resident
University of Wisconsin
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