Laser surgery is one of the newest surgical innovations available to veterinary medicine. It uses surgical CO2 laser light to cut and cauterize tissue instead of a scalpel blade. It literally vaporizes cells to separate the tissue planes for incisions or to vaporize to remove unwanted cells. While common in human medicine for plastic surgery and other medical procedures for many years, it is now available economically enough for veterinary medicine to benefit. Experience shows us however, that we can use the laser for many other procedures with the same benefits: mass removals, spay and neuter, orthopedic repairs, soft palate resection, and many others. Small warts, common in many dogs, can often be vaporized even without anesthesia, to minimize patient risk and discomfort.