Our current distributor that has been providing online medication for our customers is moving to a new company. So we are in the process of retooling our website to provide our clients with access to online medication orders from a new company. We hope to have the changes completed by Sept. 1st 2016 if not sooner. We appreciate your patience while we go through this transitional period. The new company is called Vet Source. You can follow the link provided to start the process of setting up an account with them for your online medication needs.
In November 2014, we were happy to welcome Dr. Jon Jenkins to the staff of Cedar Park Animal Clinic! He joins us with over seven years’ experience in small animal practice.
Dr. Jenkins was born near Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Massachusetts. He attended the University of Massachusetts and obtained a bachelor of science degree in animal science. He then moved on to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jenkins was interested in both small and large animal medicine, and had a broad education in both.
After graduation, Dr. Jenkins took a position in a mixed animal practice near his hometown outside Pittsburgh. There, he saw dog and cat appointments in the clinic, and spent many hours driving to area farms to treat cows, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and llamas. Every once in a while, he even treated rabbits, ferrets, and other small pets! Dr. Jenkins helped when that practice opened a satellite clinic, and he started practicing small animal medicine only.
Dr. Jenkins decided to change pace and move to Austin in 2014, and he felt CPAC was the right fit for him. He is interested in all aspects of dog and cat medicine, but especially enjoys surgery.
In his spare time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys reading, cooking, and travel. He hopes to explore more of Austin’s music and food, and the Texas outdoors as the months go by. Please stop by to welcome him!
What is cryosurgery? It is the use of extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissues in the body. Some people may be familiar with this procedure if they have had warts “frozen off” by a dermatologist. The procedure is performed with a canister of compressed freezing gas and a nozzle, which allows precise treatment to the lesion. Once the abnormal cells are killed by the freezing process, the lesion should be gone within five to seven days. Larger tumors may need a second or third treatment to adequately kill all the abnormal tissue.
Cryosurgery is ideal for a number of lesions, including skin tags, skin warts, mouth warts, eyelid tumors, ingrown eyelashes, and other small, benign skin tumors. The procedure is beneficial because in many cases it does not require anesthesia! Most dogs and cats can be treated without any drugs, but if needed, we use local anesthetic and light sedation. We have tried cryosurgery on ourselves, and can say the freezing process on a wart feels like alcohol on a cut- temporarily uncomfortable, but not painful long-term.
If you’ve found any abnormal lumps and bumps on your pet, schedule an appointment today. We can determine what it is, and decide if cryosurgery is the right option to remove it!
We all know our pets age, and it is something we don’t really want to spend a lot time thinking about or discussing. We have the memories of them as kittens and puppies, full of energy and vitality. We still picture them that way in our minds. Sadly, they do age and at a more accelerated pace than we humans. The good news is that we can take steps to make their senior years some of their best years if we choose to be proactive in our pets care.
We have identified seven areas of health that tend to be the most common areas that creep up on our senior pets and rob them of their health during adulthood.
- Dental Disease
- Organ Disease
- Hormone Disorders
- Lose of Special Senses / Senility
As we wrap up National Pet Dental Month, no issue is more common in senior pets than dental disease. Dental problems can cause pain and open our pets up to infection that can damage organs. Starting good dental hygiene early in life that consists of good home care, and regular dental cleanings can be a huge factor in preventing disease and increasing quality of and quantity of life in our pets.
The organ disease category covers a large spectrum of problems. Some organ problems can be prevented with good health care while others have either a genetic or age related base that can only be managed. Either way, the best way we can provide support for our pets is by early detection of these problems. The best way to accomplish detection is by regular physical exams and regular routine testing with blood work, x-rays, and urinalysis.
Arthritis is another very common problem that can rob our pets of quality life. Some pets with arthritis are easy to recognize. However, some pets are very skilled at hiding their arthritis symptoms and suffer with pain that is unseen to casual observation. Some of those pets that are just looked at as “old” or “lazy” may actually be sedentary because of arthritic pain.
Obesity can tie in with arthritic conditions and cause a spiral downward. The more arthritic pain they experience, the less they will exercise and the more weight they will gain. The more weight they gain, the more pounding on their joints, and the more advanced their arthritis can become. We also now know that fat tissue can and will produce a tremendous amount of inflammatory products that will accelerate joint disease.
We do see a significant increase in hormone disorder type diseases as pets reach their senior years. This disease usually has symptoms of rapid weight gain or loss, large changes in water intake and urine out put habits. Some of the common diseases in this category are thyroid disease, diabetes, and adrenal gland disorders. Again, these diseases are diagnosed by routine blood work and urinalysis.
Loss of special senses such as hearing, vision, and smell as well as senility can look very much the same to an owner. If you feel your pet is showing loss of senses or seems confused or lost at times, then it is a good idea to have a physical exam to determine what tests and treatments may be needed.
As our pets are living longer, disease such as cancer seems to be more common. Saying a pet has cancer is fairly open statement because we see such a wide range of different types of cancers and in different locations of the body. However, regardless of the type of cancer, our best possible position to try and intervene and have success with any treatment is centered around early diagnosis.
We strongly feel that old age is not a disease but that diseases are much more likely as our pets age. We feel that routine physical exams coupled with regular testing with blood work, urinalysis, and x-rays will give us the information that we need to make the correct individual treatment plans to provide your pet with the best quality and quantity of life possible.
If you own a senior pet and would like to know more about senior testing, then give us a call and schedule an appointment for a senior exam and discussion on senior testing. We will be offering a 10% discount on senior work ups for the month of March.
Matt Thompson DVM
Matt Thompson DVM
As we enter the fall and winter season, we all become aware of the risk for contracting influenza for ourselves and our family members. However, there is one family member that we don’t always consider as being at risk, our family dog.
In 2004, a new strain of influenza was found affecting racing greyhounds at race tracks in Florida. It was discovered that this strain of flu was a mutation from equine influenza and had jumped from the horses at the tracks to the dog population. This flu stain was given the name of H3N8. Initially it was contained to just the track population of greyhounds but in 2005 it started to be found in other dog populations in the Florida area. With this being a new viral strain to the dog population, no dogs had any natural immunity and the disease has spread across the United States at a rapid pace.
So we have a very high infection rate in exposed dogs and their symptoms of the disease can vary a great deal in the population. The disease is spread through the oral and nasal secretions of a sick dog being either directly shed onto an unexposed dog or the virus can persist for days on bowls, toys, and leashes. We feel that between 20-50% of the dogs infected will mount an immune response and have no or minimal symptoms of the disease. However, 50-80% of the exposed dogs will become sick and show symptoms. Runny nose, coughing, soreness, and fever are the most common symptoms. Of these sick dogs, a small percentage will develop pneumonia and national numbers suggest about a 5-8% mortality rate, especially if not treated aggressively. The pets will usually show symptoms in 2-5 days after exposure and symptoms can persist for 14-28 days.
The infection can be difficult to diagnosis because the symptoms initially are the same as several other less sever upper respiratory infections. A PCR test from a nasal or throat swab can be done to ID the virus but must be done in the first 3-4 days after symptoms develop and many times pets are not seen that quickly for this test to be effective. Flu titers can be done as well but you need two blood samples taken 2-3 weeks apart, so this test is not effective for rapid diagnosis. If your pet starts showing the symptoms of coughing, nasal discharge, soreness, and fever, they should be seen promptly by your veterinarian and testing and treatment can be initiated.
The good news is we now have a very effective vaccine for the canine influenza virus. The vaccine has a great track record for safety and effectiveness at preventing the serious pneumonia complications of canine flu infection. If a dog has never been vaccinated prior for the flu virus, the vaccine is given as an initial vaccine and then a booster 2-4 weeks later. Protective antibody levels can be maintained from that point with just one annual booster.
As we approach the time of year when we see an increase in dogs being boarded as their owners travel for the holidays, the need for getting our dogs vaccinated for influenza increases. If you have plans to board your pet in the near future, you should make sure they are current on their vaccinations to include Rabies, Distemper/Parvo/Para-influenza, Bordetella, Influenza, and a negative fecal test. Don’t let time slip away and find out at the last minute your pet is unprotected for their boarding appointment.
Matthew Thompson DVM