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April 25th–World Veterinary Day

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Whether you’re a cat person, a dog person, a rabbit person or a horse person, there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that’s the fantastic work carried out by veterinarians like my dad and his co-workers up here at Cornerstone Animal Clinic, Dr. Morse, Dr. Escobedo, Dr. Castro, & Dr. Conner!  Celebrate with your pet on World Veterinary Day by buying them a treat or a new toy or by writing them a note to show them how much they mean to you and that you appreciate the work they do to keep your pets healthy.

Don’t tell him, but I’m making my dad a big ol’ mud pie in the backyard to show my appreciation & love for him!  (Hopefully we can both jump in it and roll around and get all smelly)!

World Veterinary Day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the globe.  Each year, a different theme is chosen which helps pet owners to remember the importance of various aspects of animal care, and how veterinarians can help, for example ensuring your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.

On this special day, why not raise a paw, hoof, or claw to say thank you to all of our awesome veterinarians?

PDCA Dentals

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We are so excited to be partnering with Animal Dental Care to make available to their Preventive Dental Cleaning & Assessments (PDCA) to you and your pets!

A PDCA is a means to maintain your pet’s teeth while awake, without the use of anesthesia.  This procedure will allow us to truly provide your pet with a treatment plan for their oral cavity by utilizing it between their periodic anesthetic dental cleanings.  More frequent, convenient cleanings paired with the in-home care you provide will lead to healthier teeth and gums for your furry family member!

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All potential candidates for a PDCA should have an examination with one of our doctors first.  During the exam our doctors will ensure your pet is healthy, has been treated for advanced dental disease and displays the proper demeanor for a conscious teeth cleaning.  Please note that not all pets are candidates for this procedure initially due to advanced dental disease, though, our doctors will educate you on how to treat this disease and then put your pet onto a treatment plan utilizing the PDCA.

A PDCA on your awake pet is possible due to the bond formed between Animal Dental Care’s professional, caring technicians and your pet.  Once trust is established, amazing things are possible!  Please call us today for more information on this amazing service!

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If you are interested in seeing if your pet would be a candidate for a PDCA dental cleaning, please call us at 972-385-3555, or click the “request appointment” button at the bottom of this page and we will be happy to schedule a consultation for you!

Canine Oral Papillomas

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Your parents probably warned you that kissing a stranger was like kissing everyone that person kissed. Well, they were right and the same advice applies to your dog! Yes, we know they all love one another and as much as we try to keep a clean and healthy environment, there is still a possibility for transmission.

What is canine papilloma virus?

Canine oral papillomas, also known as oral warts, are small benign tumors of the mouth caused by the canine papilloma virus.  They are found on the lips, gums, mouth, and rarely can also be located on other mucous membranes.

Causes of papilloma virus in dogs:

Canine oral papillomas usually affect young dogs, under the age of 2.  Young dogs are more susceptible to the papilloma virus because their immune system is not fully developed.  As their immune system matures, they produce antibodies against the virus and the warts can eventually disappear.  Affected dogs can transmit the virus to other dogs through direct contact.  This usually occurs when they greet each other, share toys, eat or drink out of the same food or water bowl.  Canine papilloma virus is species-specific and therefore cannot be transmitted from dogs to humans or cats.

Symptoms of papilloma virus in dogs:

Papillomas typically develop on the lips, tongue, throat, or gums.  They are round and have an irregular surface, reminiscent of cauliflower or a sea anemone, and usually grow in clusters.  Most dogs are asymptomatic unless the papillomas become infected.  Infected oral papillomas can cause pain, swelling, and bad breath.

  Diagnosis of papilloma virus in dogs:

It is always a good idea to bring your dog to your veterinarian if you ever notice any lump or bump, regardless of its location.  Your veterinarian can usually diagnose canine papilloma by their characteristic appearance.  Since oral papillomas can occasionally become malignant (cancerous) and other types of cancers can grow in the mouth, your veterinarian may obtain a biopsy of the lesion to establish the diagnosis.  Likewise, your veterinarian will examine your dog’s mouth to determine if the papillomas are infected and antibiotics are needed.

Treatment of papilloma virus in dogs:

Most importantly,  if your dog has been diagnosed with papilloma virus, you will need to keep them isolated from other dogs to avoid transmission. Since canine oral papillomas are usually asymptomatic, treatment is often not indicated unless they become infected or become symptomatic. Infected papillomas can be painful and require a course of antibiotics.  Occasionally, a dog will have so many growths that eating becomes problematic.  When this occurs, the papillomas may need to be removed surgically.

If your dog goes to daycare, or plays with other dogs at the dog park or on walks, please routinely check inside their mouths to make sure they have not developed canine papilloma virus.  If you suspect that they might have it, please call us at 972-385-3555 to schedule an appointment with the doctor so they can examine your furry family member!


Bernie Morse