In February 2008, my twelve-year-old Lhasa Apso was diagnosed with an upper gum area cancer. I came to Jim Antunano, DVM, in April for a second opinion and to discuss treatment options other than chemotherapy. We agreed to surgically remove the infected area using laser surgery technology. Our dog lost a few teeth, some gum area and a small part of her palate. However, she recovered remarkably well with minimal swelling and no bleeding, and has been doing fine for six months.