Cryosurgery is a procedure that involves extreme cold being applied to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. The surgery is not invasive, virtually painless, and now offered by some veterinarians. Doctors have been using “liquid air” to treat skin conditions throughout the 20th century, which eventually led to various methods of cryosurgery that have been proven and refined.
Cryosurgery provides a quick and effective solution for removing small masses. The procedure can usually be performed during your normal office visit and repeat treatments are sometimes required. The application is mostly done with a handheld device that sprays nitrous oxide directly to the affected area of the skin. Veterinarians have successfully treated dogs, cats, horses, ferrets and even birds with cryosurgery. The results speak volumes and the risks are minimal, especially when compared to traditional methods of surgery.
The cost for cryosurgery is also very affordable when compared to traditional surgery. If you see a suspicious lesion or growth on your pet, please don’t wait to ask your veterinarian for an assessment.