Laser Surgery & Progressive Services

Benefiting pets by using advanced surgical technology and techniques

Lafayette Animal Hospital is pleased to offer our patients the latest in surgical technology with the CO2 Laser. The benefits of laser surgery are numerous:

  • Less pain and swelling
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Sanitizing effect reduces risk of infection
  • Less trauma for pets
  • Reduced surgery time, meaning a shorter time spent under anesthesia.
Starting laser surgery
Starting Laser Surgery
Between laser surgery
During laser surgery
During Laser Surgery

The laser has the unique ability to vaporize tissue, and is commonly used to make incisions and erase unhealthy tissue. It is so precise, that we are able to selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser kills bacteria in its path and seals nerve endings, leaving patients more comfortable after surgery by causing less trauma to tissue, resulting in a faster recovery time.

Lafayette is one of the only animal hospitals in the area using this technology on a regular basis. Laser surgery is so beneficial we are committed to keeping the price reasonable for our surgical patients.

Dr. Schmidt is devoted to this surgical technology. He is highly skilled in the use of the laser and is a member of the Veterinary Laser Society. Veterinary surgeries performed with this laser technology include routine procedures, such as spays, neuters, declaws, growth removals, and veterinary cosmetic surgery, such as ear cropping and eyelid surgery.

Whatever the surgical need – routine, critical, or cosmetic – the staff at Lafayette Animal Hospital treats you and your pet with compassion and respect.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more or schedule a surgical consult with Dr. Schmidt. If your pet is already scheduled for a surgical procedure with us, or you would just like an idea of what to expect, please visit our FAQ page.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless, and quick treatment, that works at the cellular level, helping to promote relief of pain and inflammation, as well as speeding up the healing process. At Lafayette Animal Hospital, we use the Companion Therapy Laser technology to address a number of conditions. To find out more about this versatile therapy, please visit our Laser Therapy page.

Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery

In addition, Dr. Schmidt is trained in the Securos Method of Orthopedic Surgery for the repair of cruciate ligaments and other orthopedic procedures. If your pet is diagnosed with an orthopedic problem, Dr. Schmidt will be pleased to outline the medical options available and help determine the best approach for correction and healing.

Veterinary Fiberoptiscope

Our veterinarians are skilled at the use of a fiberoptiscope to address and correct ear problems in pets. The veterinary fiberoptiscope allows us to view an image of the ear canal on a monitor screen, and our clients are invited to see the inside of their pet’s ears as we determine the level of infection or other problem. Under anesthesia, the veterinarian can use the scope to clean out wax build up, hairs, and infections and photograph the results.

Before Fiberoptic Surgery Before Fiberoptic Surgery
After Fiberoptic Surgery After Fiberoptic Surgery

Digital X-ray

Lafayette Animal Hospital is pleased to offer digital x-ray. Digital x-ray is a higher standard of imaging, and has many advantages, listed below are just a few:

  • We are able to quickly and easily send x-rays to owners, and/or emergency clinics.
  • From the time that the x-ray is actually taken, to the time that it shows up on our computer monitor is much shorter than traditional radiography.
  • We are able to display a clearer image on our computer screens to our clients to show them exactly what is going on with their pet.

By taking x-rays in house, we are able to not only see the structure and placement of bones and joints, but most of the time we are also able to determine organ size and placement, as well as being able to better evaluate the size and placement of tumors and foreign bodies in the intestinal tract. In some cases, an ultrasound is required, and if that is the case, our doctors will be happy to put a call into a specialist to have an ultrasound performed.