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Bowenoid in situ carcinoma in cats: CO2 laser treatment

By David D. Duclos, DVM, DACVD | October 2018

Feline bowenoid in situ carcinoma (BISC), also known as multicentric squamous cell carcinoma in situ, is an uncommon premalignant neoplasm histologically similar to Bowen’s disease in humans. BISC lesions are marked by irregular epidermal and follicular hyperplasia with hyperkeratosis and full-thickness epidermal dysplasia.

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CO2 laser surgery for the treatment of elbow follicular cysts in the dog

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | April 2018

In this article, a surgical CO2 laser was used to treat a dog’s elbow follicular cysts. Follicular cysts are caused by keratin trapped in a hair follicle, and they are often associated with swelling, inflammation, pain, and secondary infection. This laser procedure can ablate multiple layers of cysts and adjacent hair follicles with minimal bleeding and minimal thermal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

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Canine claw amputation with a flexible hollow waveguide CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | February 2018

11-year-old male miniature schnauzer, was presented for chronic inflammation, severe swelling and ulceration of P3 on the right forelimb, digit 3. It appeared that the claw on the affected digit caused the patient significant discomfort and pain, provoking him to constantly bite and lick the site, aggravating the inflammation…

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Removal of benign soft tissue tumors in the dog utilizing a flexible fiber CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | December 2017

The CO2 laser provides the surgeon with the superior ability to control the fluence by easily changing spot sizes, power settings and to switch between continuous wave to SuperPulse modes; because of this the surgeon has excellent control to remove abnormal tissue and to avoid unnecessary damage to healthy adjacent structures. This laser benefit is especially prominent in delicate areas, such as eyelids.

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Dog’s Painful Growths Between Toes Removed by Laser

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The article gives a comprehensive background on the condition and presents a case study where a 3-year-old Doberman pinscher was treated by Jason Pieper, DVM, of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Doberman pinscher had cysts between his toes on all four paws. Dr. Pieper used a flexible-fiber CO2 laser to safely remove the cysts.

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Removal of canine benign cutaneous growths with a flexible hollow waveguide CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | January 2018

In my clinic, I use the flexible hollow waveguide fiber CO2 laser to surgically remove soft tissue growths. This technology allows ablating tumors quickly, providing control over intraoperative bleeding. Another benefit of laser surgery is that there is no need to close the surgical site in case of superficial cutaneous lesions. Moreover, the laser allows treating multiple lesions during a single visit, as in one of the cases described in this article.

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