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The Benefits of CO2 Lasers in Small Animal Dermatology

    The 2023 article, “Use of surgical lasers in small animal dermatology,” by Dr. Jason Pieper in BVA’s InPractice journal, covers the basics of diode and carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and their respective applications in veterinary medicine and dermatology.

    CO2 lasers, in particular, have become popular among veterinarians due to their precision, faster patient recovery, and reduced pain and bleeding during surgery. In addition, they can be used to treat a wide range of neoplastic, infectious, and inflammatory skin conditions, such as sebaceous tumors, papillomas, and sterile granuloma/pyogranuloma syndrome, among others.

    Incorporating CO2 lasers into your practice can provide your patients with a less invasive and more efficient alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. This can lead to better outcomes, faster healing times, and improved client satisfaction.

    So, if you’re interested in learning more about the uses and benefits of CO2 lasers in small animal dermatology, don’t miss out on Dr. Pieper’s article. Click here to access it now.

    About Jason Pieper, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVD

    Dr. Jason Pieper is an assistant professor of dermatology at Iowa State University, where he also earned his DVM. Dr. Pieper completed a rotating internship in the greater Chicago area, a dermatology internship in Phoenix, Arizona, and a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois, where he also earned his MS. His areas of specialty and research interest include communication, platelet-rich plasma, dermoscopy, CO2 laser, dermatophytosis, and dermatohistopathology.