Benign skin lesions are commonly found in small animals, and although these growths may not be life threatening they can be bothersome, unsightly, irritating and can sometimes be traumatized during grooming. Traditionally, removal of these growths required surgery under sedation and local anesthesia or even sometimes general anesthesia. However with cryosurgery none of the above is necessary, and the vast majority of cases can be performed quickly during a routine office exam.
Cryosurgery is a relatively painless and quick procedure that uses extremely cold temperatures to freeze and destroy small growths on the skin. We utilize liquid nitrous oxide to achieve -127º F to precisely freeze only the abnormal tissue without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. Occasionally a second treatment two or three weeks later may be required. Since no pre-operative blood work or sedation/anesthesia is needed, the ability to offer your pet cryosurgery will significantly lower treatment costs.
If your pet has any of these small skin tags or wart-like growths, please bring them to our attention during your pet’s exam so that we may offer you this state-of-the-art treatment, or contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss this minor outpatient procedure.