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!