Removal of Small Masses without Surgery/Anesthesia

As our pets age, small “wart-like” bumps can appear on the skin. Should you be concerned? It’s always a good idea to have any new lumps or bumps examined by your veterinarian.

Our hospital now offers the CryoProbe, an advanced, small, portable, hand-held cryosurgical device that offers unparalleled freezing power combined with total accuracy so the veterinarian can pinpoint only the tissue she wants to treat. The CryoProbe does not require anesthesia which is very important for elderly dogs and cats, as well as birds, rabbits, ferrets, and other small mammals. By freezing the tissue, the mass shrinks and/or falls off over the course of 5-21 days. Depending on the size of the lesion, a second treatment is sometimes needed.


is an excellent option for treating the following types of lesions:

  • Skin tags
  • Oral tumors
  • Papillomas
  • Perianal adenomas
  • Distichia
  • Eyelid tumors
  • Sebaceous adenomas
  • Acral lick granulomas

Why should I have my pet’s mass removed with a CryoProbe?

  1. It keeps breaking open and bleeding
  2. It rubs against the pet’s harness or collar
  3. Your pet licks it excessively
  4. It’s painful
  5. You’re tired of looking at it!

When is cryotherapy not a good idea for my pet?

  • Large or deep masses may not be amenable to treatment
  • A histological diagnosis is needed via surgical biopsy

Does cryotherapy hurt?

  • We believe this procedure is nearly painless and have even tried it on ourselves! Some dogs are sensitive to the micro-blast of cold air and the quiet hissing noise, but the vast majority of our patients tolerate it extremely well, like it’s no big deal at all!

Cryotherapy is a safe and cost-effective way to get rid of these masses. Call us for pricing information and to set up a consultation with one of our veterinarians.

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