Anal Sac (Anal Gland) Removal
Anal sacs, more commonly called anal glands, function as a scent marking gland for dogs and cats. They are designed to express when an animal defecates, leaving a foul odor behind marking territory. Anal gland surgery removes the sacs containing this foul smelling material from both sides of the anus. Using the CO2 laser, the glands/sacs are completely removed, doing away with recurrence of problems or issues. While this surgery is not necessary for most dogs, it should be considered for pets with chronic anal gland problems such as recurring infections, repeated sac ruptures, or a need for frequent expressions.
Stenotic Nares Repair/Soft Palate Resection
Brachycephalic, or smushed-face breeds, often have issues with stenotic nares (nostrils smaller than normal) and/or an elongated soft palate (the soft palate too long and interferes with air passing through the windpipe). These problems cause difficulty breathing and can eventually lead to long-term issues with the heart and lungs. Both of these procedures are performed using laser. The nostrils can be enlarged and the soft palate shortened to allow for easier passage of air, and more normal function.