VetTips: Feline Surgery and Denistry

Can you say you know everything about cats? Have a read of our vettips to discover some facts you may not know!

Tip 1: FORL Update

In an Australian study, feline tooth resorption lesions was a common finding in all breeds of domestic cats. The overall prevalence was 52%, with 74% of cats over the age of six years having at least one lesion.

Tip 2: Avoid Confusion

Diagnostic confusion between lymphocytic plasmacytic gingivostomatitis and other inflammatory oral conditions such as periodontal disease, tooth resorption, oral neoplasia and eosinophilic granuloma complex is common. Differentiating between these disorders can help provide specific direction for treatment, increasing the chances of a positive outcome for the patient.

Tip 3: Thyroid Surgery

Thyroidectomy can range from a straightforward procedure to one that is fairly complex. Benign, well-encapsulated tumors, such as those found in most cats, are easily resectable with minimal complications. Malignant, invasive tumors require extensive, careful dissection around many important and vital structures such as the trachea, esophagus, carotid arteries, jugular veins, and recurrent laryngeal nerves.

Tip 4: SCC Surgery

Nasal planum resection is a procedure that is most commonly performed on cats with squamous cell carcinomas of the nasal planum. All or a portion of the nasal planum is excised. The procedure may need to be combined with a rostral maxillectomy if the tumour invades or originates from the oral cavity. Quite often in this case the patient will need a full thickness labial flap and reconstruction of the lip.

Tip 5: Do you look for inflammatory polyps?

The surgical removal of Inflammatory polyps can be done in a number of ways. However, the best results are seen when a ventral bulla osteotomy is performed. With this procedure the recurrence rate is less than 2%.

If you’d like to learn more so you can DO more, join us 7-9th of February 2019 in Wagga Wagga for a three day cat extravaganza at the Feline Surgery and Dentistry Workshop. Book NOW for to secure your place in this unique workshop, or click to read the brochure. Be quick!