Bobtown Kronicle

In this edition you will find,

Hot Cars

AAHA Accredited

Cryosurgery


Hot cars are death traps for dogs

Five reasons not to leave your dog in the car this summer, even for “just a minute”

Please avoid leaving your dog in a hot car this summer – a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death.

Leaving a dog in a hot car is dangerous and often deadly. Visit MyDogIsCool.com to learn more.

Five reasons why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly:

  1. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

  2. 2. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

  3. 3. Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

  4. 4. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

  5. 5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.

Exposure to excessive heat causes the body’s cells to stop working properly and release dangerous chemicals, which can lead to nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage and even death. Essentially, all of the dog’s organ systems shut down at once.


We Are AAHA Accredited!

We are proud to announce that Bobtown Pet Clinic has been awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s top honor, AAHA accreditation. We have been accredited since 2008. That means your pet is being cared for by one of the top 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada.

AAHA has been recognizing veterinary hospitals for their commitment to maintaining high standards of care for over 80 years. To be eligible for AAHA accreditation, hospitals must be evaluated on approximately 900 standards that assess safety protocols, equipment, veterinary knowledge, and other key areas of pet health care. Accredited hospitals are home to leading pet health care providers.

Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to delivering excellent care for your pet. Because pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. AAHA helps us stay prepared and equipped to provide the level of care that your pet deserves.

Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s health. We look forward to seeing you soon. 


Cryosurgery

“Hey Doc! Fluffy has this ugly, little, warty growth on her face. What can we do about it? “

In the past, the answer would have been to anesthetize her and take her to surgery. Now our answer is likely to be, “Give me a minute to get the CryoProbe.”

The CryoProbe is a little cryosurgery unit. This portable device is about 9 inches long and can be brought right into the exam room. It has a small jet of nitrous oxide that will freeze the skin lesion in just a few seconds and without anesthesia.

Once the lesion is frozen, it is allowed to defrost and frozen a second time. It only works on small, shallow lesions. It takes about 5 seconds for each 1 mm of depth. So the whole process generally takes less than 1 minute.

The skin lesion does not fall off immediately. Over the next couple of weeks the mass will flake off. In addition, it does not hurt although some people describe it as being poked with a ballpoint pen. When I had a little benign lump frozen off (by my doctor), it did not hurt but did feel piercingly cold for a few seconds.

Of course not all skin masses can be treated with the CryoProbe. Very large, deep masses or masses completely under the skin cannot be removed by this method. Additionally, no testing can be done to determine the cell type of the mass.

 

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