Dear Friend,
In this edition you will find:

AAHA Accreditation
Oral Masses
Cat Grooming


AAHA Accreditation

A few weeks ago we were evaluated by the American Animal Hospital Association to renew our accreditation. Bobtown Pet Clinic's practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service were reviewed.

We are delighted and very proud to say we have

achieved continued Accreditation!

We have been AAHA Accredited since 2008.

Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited.

Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.


Oral Masses

It seems like we have been seeing a fair number of oral masses recently. Luckily most have been benign masses that do not cause further problems.

Dogs and cats both get oral cancers. In fact, the mouth is the 4th most common location for cancer to develop. In dogs, the most common malignant tumors are malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and fibrosarcoma. In cats, the most common tumors are squamous cell carcinoma and fibrosarcoma. However, there are many types of tissue in the mouth and cancers can develop from any of them.

Cats do not develop many benign oral tumors. Common benign tumors in the dog include: fibromatous and ossifying epulides, odontomas, papillomas and gingival hyperplasia. Very large numbers of boxers develop gingival hyperplasia. Benign tumors typically do not cause significant problems until they get quite large. The problem is that biopsy is usually needed to determine the tumor type.

Symptoms of oral tumors include: visible mass or swelling, bleeding, trouble eating or anorexia, bad breath, drooling, loss of teeth or loose teeth. Some oral tumors do not seem to cause significant disease until they get quite large. Others may not be visible but yet cause severe disease.

If you find a mass in your dog's or cat's mouth, please call for an appointment. We would like to catch the tumor at a small size so there is a greater chance at a good outcome. We will likely schedule an appointment for anesthesia to biopsy and likely to take X-rays. This information helps us to devise a plan for further treatment.


Cat Grooming

Cats tend to be very fastidious creatures. They usually groom themselves very well. Even barn cats are usually very clean. Most cats spend a large amount of time grooming every day.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. Some cats just do not seem to care that they are a bit dirty or their hair has some mats. Some cats are not able to groom themselves because they are too fat or have health problems like arthritis. Some cats seem to want to be good groomers but have very long hair and need significant help, especially as they get older. We certainly see more long-haired cats have significant grooming difficulties compared to short haired cats.

Options to consider for cats that are not grooming well are limited. Many need baths. Frequent brushing can be very helpful. Trimming problem areas, like under the tail, under the arms, and between the hind legs can be helpful. Other cats benefit from having the entire underside shaved.

Many cats greatly benefit from what are termed a “lion cut.” This is essentially a full body shave leaving the head/mane, feet and a variable amount of hair on the tail so the cat looks like its larger cousin the male lion. This gets rid of all the mats and makes it easier for cats to groom themselves. This procedure is usually done a couple of times a year. Sometimes this can even help with vomiting in long haired cats.

Many groomers are able to do this service for cats. However, some cats do best with sedation. The sedation can only be done by a veterinarian.