Cryotherapy refers to the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. It is a non-invasive, trauma-free technique that offers owners and their pets an alternative to conventional surgery.
Although it may sound very innovative and new, cryotherapy has been used successfully for many years, both in humans and animals. It is also the preferred option of many owners who wish to take advantage of the benefits that it offers both them and their pets.
HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY WORK?
Cryotherapy freezes the abnormal area of tissue and in doing so, causes the cells within that target area to die. This is possible since the majority of the cells are made from water. When the water inside the cell is exposed to extreme cold, it freezes and ice crystals form, causing the cell to rupture and die. Additional damage also occurs to the supplying blood vessels and sensory nerves.
The process itself is very simple. In most cases, the target area on your pet’s body will be sprayed with a nitrous oxide gas, whilst normal healthy tissue is left unaffected. The temperature of the nitrous oxide gas will be around -89° causing freezing to occur rapidly. The damage to the cells will not be visible immediately, but over the course of the next week to ten days, the targeted tissue will die and break away.
Most cryotherapy sessions can be conducted in less than 30 minutes and in the majority of instances, one session may offer sufficient results.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED USING PET CRYOTHERAPY?
Pet cryotherapy is typically used to treat skin problems that may be affecting your animal. These include:
- Skin tags that may be causing distress or irritation
- Warts, including those on the chin, eyelid, nose, and ears as well as the main part of your pet’s body
- Other benign tissue growths
Cryotherapy can be performed on a wide variety of different animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, birds and reptiles. Your vet will be able to advise you if your pet is a suitable candidate for cryotherapy.
BENEFITS OF PET CRYOTHERAPY
Cryotherapy offers both pets and their owners a number of distinct benefits over surgery and other treatment methods. These include the following:
- Minimal discomfort during the procedure since the extreme cold is naturally numbing.
- A non-invasive procedure that requires no anesthesia and doesn’t leave your pet with a wound.
- A safer alternative to surgery for many pets, particularly those who are sensitive and considered geriatric and too high-risk for anesthetic.
- The non-invasive nature of cryotherapy enables your pet to make a faster recovery with a lower risk of complications.
- A cost-effective alternative to surgery.
If you would like to find out more about pet cryotherapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our offices where our team in Geneva, OH would be delighted to answer your questions or schedule a consultation for your pet.