Cryotherapy, also known as cryogenic therapy, is a minimally invasive medical procedure that uses extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. It is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions in dogs and cats, including:
- Skin tags
- Hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin)
- Pododermatitis (inflammation of the footpads)
- Nail bed infections
- Itchy skin
- Pain Inflammation
Cryotherapy is a relatively quick and easy procedure that can be performed in your veterinarian's office. Your pet will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. The veterinarian will then use a cryoprobe, which is a small, insulated device that delivers a blast of cold air or liquid nitrogen to the affected area. The cold kills the abnormal or diseased tissue, which then falls off within a few days.
Cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions in dogs and cats. It is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require surgery or anesthesia. There are few side effects associated with cryotherapy, and most pets recover quickly.
If you are considering cryotherapy for your pet, talk to your Ghent Vet veterinarian to see if it is a good option for your pet's specific condition.