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Cat Dental Care

Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed health concern in our pets. At Companion Animal Hospital, we are equipped to offer you and your pet a wide range of dental care services.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

Let’s begin with an awake oral exam. It will allow the vet to provide more information to our technicians, who will put together a detailed estimate for you. Once under anesthetic, we perform full mouth radiographs to ensure that your cat’s roots are in good condition. Next, each tooth is graded based on tartar, pocket and gingival health. Based on this assessment, the vet will determine which teeth can stay and which teeth need to go!

Trained veterinarians do extractions after local blocks are done. After extractions are completed, it’s time to clean! Our surgery team will scale and polish every remaining tooth. Rinse with an oral antiseptic. Upon recovery, we trim nails, give post-op pain management and move them into a warm, dry kennel.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?

Bad breath, pawing at the face, teeth chattering, and disinterest in eating can all be signs of oral discomfort.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

Brachycephalic breeds, such a Persians and Himalayans, are more susceptible to dental disease due to the construction of their face.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Tooth resorption is the erosion of dentin. This condition is irreversible, and the treatment is extraction of the tooth.


Black History & Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Frederick Douglas Patterson

Let's start with Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson. This wonderful gentleman got his DVM degree in 1923 and began teaching at Tuskegee University in 1928. He then began to teach veterinary science and founded in 1944 the Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine which has graduated 75% of African American veterinarians. He also founded the United Negro College which is a big financial supporter of Historically black colleges and universities. Dr. Patterson was the first faculty to earn the doctorate of veterinary medicine. While head of this department, the veterinary program reached such an outstanding quality that the state of Alabama granted funds to white students allowing them to learn veterinary medicine. This was a huge and unique thing to happen in the segregated south. However, having such a great accomplishment towards veterinary medicine did not stop from him having racial experiences there. He still ate separately with the 1 other black student but said he has learned from his experiences. As he wrote in his autobiography: “I learned a lesson with regard to race that I never forgot: how people feel about you reflects the way you permit yourself to be treated. If you permit yourself to be treated differently, you are condemned to an unequal relationship.” Dr. Frederick Douglas Patterson He did have other programs that he help African Americans get schooling for, however veterinary always took preference for him. This program allowed southern African Americans with the only opportunity to become veterinarians in this region of the country! On June 23, 1987, President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Its inscription reads, “By his inspiring example of personal excellence and unselfish dedication, he has taught the nation that, in this land of freedom, no mind should go to waste…”. Dr. Patterson then passed in 1988 at the age of 87 unfortunately. As you can see Dr. Patterson did many amazing things for veterinary medicine in his time here. Though he may no longer be with us this amazing man will live on for years to come thanks to his hard work and dedication. He will be remembered for the things he has achieved and will be always able to teach others important things such as no mind should go to waste, you can achieve things with enough perseverance, and you will be treated how you allow others to treat you. Today we celebrate and remember Dr. Frederick Douglas Patterson. Written by: Ashley G, VT References:

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