We are all familiar with finding a lump here and there around our pets' bodies. They come in all shapes, sizes, natures, locations and textures.
None of us veterinary professionals can tell 100% what a lump is only by observation (adspection) or having a feel by hands (palpation). We've seen too many lumps which have been referred to as "just a fatty lump", but turned out to be life-threatening. The longer we hesitate to do something about it, the larger the mass will grow, the more of a potential health risk for our pet can become and the more challenging to remove they are.
Meet handsome Cody, one of our bravest patients who recently had surgery to have two lumps removed and analysed. His owners received the good news which put their minds at ease and, equally important, they know what they can expect in the future.
Unlike in Cody's case, not every lump needs to be removed surgically, however, we encourage to get them all checked and investigated.
Their nature should be confirmed in the laboratory. There are different levels of diagnostic tests for every budget.
Please, get in touch with us if this is your case and we will discuss how we can be of help.
Canine and feline dental health It is not only about aesthetics.
In these photos, you can see our patient Seren, who came on Sunday 11th of September for a dental treatment. Her owner told us Seren had very bad breath and felt a bit uncomfortable when eating, so after an initial evaluation, it was recommended to have a dental procedure.
Fortunately, Seren's dental disease wasn't very severe, and it only needed a scale and polish by which we removed all the tartar from her teeth and leaving her smile white and healthy.
Severe dental disease can be very painful for your pet and cause serious health issues such as infections, malnutrition or even heart and kidney disease.
When our pets eat, remnants of food remain around their teeth. These leftovers of food will start mixing with the bacteria that live within their mouths and form a film around their teeth called Plaque.
When Plaque is left untreated it will start to solidify and discolour forming becoming Tartar. This is when it becomes serious, since Tartar will make their teeth bleed, potentially causing infection, and it can be as painful as not allowing our pet to eat.
The only way of removing Tartar from our pets' teeth is under anaesthetics, since it needs to be cracked and they will not hold still for us :)
We can detect dental and gum disease in our pets if we note one of these early signs: redness around the gum line, bleeding inability or discomfort when eating and bad breath.
We can also take action to protect our cats and dogs by brushing their teeth regularly (USE ONLY PET TOOTHPASTE, HUMAN ONE IS TOXIC), feeding them clinically designed Dental Diet or using other dental care additives to their water.
Please, get in touhc if you would like to discuss your pet's dental hygiene with us or need any advice.