At Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic we use a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser for the overwhelming majority of our surgeries. The laser is used to create precise incisions without the instrument itself touching the body of your pet. It can be used to make unique bloodless laser incisions, as well as “erase” unhealthy tissue (e.g. tumors, fibromas, moles, etc.) without the excessive loss of blood that is unavoidable in conventional scalpel surgery.
In addition to creating little to no bleeding, laser surgery also causes less pain, reduces the rate of infection and leads to a faster recovery time. Feline declawing is exclusively done by CO2 laser within our hospital, making this procedure very well tolerated, by dramatically reducing post-operative pain and inflammation.