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Would You Pay Extra to Reduce Your Pet’s Pain During Surgery?

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GOOD NEWS – Pet owners – would you pay $100 to vastly reduce pain during a pet’s surgery? Read on. 09.16.13.  reprint. see link below.

Demand for laser outfitted Veterinarian operating rooms used to be about the same as demand for animal organ transplants. But like most technology, the price has come down, and it’s beginning to infiltrate the pet world.

Lasik surgery on the eyes has certainly earned a reputation for fast, incredibly accurate, and well understood technology that people now routinely choose as option to correct vision.  It’s also found its way into other procedures for humans. Now it’s available for pet surgery.

For spaying female pets, it’s all about the difference between cutting with a scalpel and cutting with a laser.  Both work fine to get the job done, but laser cutting does a number of things that scalpels do not.

Burning rather than cutting kills bacteria.  Bacteria live on skin by the trillions. They also hang out in in tissue, blood vessels, and the lymphatic system, even after you scrub the surfaces. When you cut with a sterile scalpel, you just move the bacteria aside.  But when you burn the incisions, you kill the ones on the edge. This reduces the exposure to infection.

Burning seals off vessels that cutting leaves gaping open. When you cut through any tissue, you are severing hundreds of vessels that carry blood and liquid through the body.  When you sew up afterwards, all those little vessels remaining open, which ooze.  Oozing establishes little rivers of water for bacteria to swim up into a wound.  Lasers seal all those vessels so they don’t ooze.

Burning also shuts down pain sensors.  We feel pain not because it hurts there, but because a pain sensor has sent a message back to the brain to tell it to feel pain there.  Cutting with a scalpel leaves sensors intact so they can send pain messages to the brain, which they do at their loudest after trauma like a knife cut. Burning shuts them down so they’re literally quiet. Thus, less pain is “felt.”

The results?  For $75 to $100 more money, your pet will recover faster, suffer less pain, have less stiches (with no outside stiches that have to be removed) and face less risk of infection.

P.S.: I just had my puppy Kaya spayed, pictured above.  She recovered remarkably fast. I totally recommend it. We went to PenBay Veterinary Associates in Rockland, Maine, Dr. Bjorn Lee performing. (website here)

Photo credit: Jam Blackall

Gren Blackall


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