Dr. Kimberly Daffner, Veterinarian
“Compliance COHAT” ...But, What is a COHAT?
It’s no secret that we’re huge on dentistry here at Family Pet Clinic. We don’t call a “dental” a “dental”, though. What we do with your pet under anesthesia is better termed a “Comprehensive Oral Health Evaluation and Treatment”, aka “COHAT”; this is because we do so much more than just “clean the teeth”. We actually probe, examine, and map out every tooth, we take full mouth digital dental x-rays, we use an electronic scaler, we polish the teeth with a fluoride pumice, and we offer an enamel sealant called OraVet. We are able to extract teeth, fill periodontal pockets with a long acting antibiotic gel (“Doxirobe”) and cut back over grown gingiva.
We have been celebrating “February Dental Month” since February 1st, which means that we have extended the discount through March due to high demand, and we can’t help but continue to extend the discount through April. We do so many COHAT’s whenever we offer a discount that it got me thinking about how to reward all these wonderfully diligent pet owner’s AFTER dental month….. Well, it has taken me awhile but I have put together what I’m going to call a “Compliance COHAT Discount”…..permanently!!! I haven’t worked out all the details but I want everyone to know that we’re going to make follow-up “dental cleanings” affordable so that we can do more “dentals” and eventually extract fewer teeth…..
So, hang in there for another month while I fine-tune details and Family Pet Clinic will make a big announcement for all you pet owners that want to provide on-going appropriate dental care for your pets……
Here are a few of my career goals: 1. Certify Family Pet Clinic as “Fear Free”. 2. Certify Family Pet Clinic as “Cat Friendly”. 3. Extract fewer teeth later in my career than I did early in my career.
Noble goals, yes?
Dr. Kimberly Daffner
Family Pet Clinic sent our groomer, Brystol, to Atlanta, Georgia, for a high level grooming conference.
While there she learned how to dye pet hair and also stencil designs into the fur.
She learned enhanced scissor cutting techniques such as the scissor over -comb technique and also an improved technique for cutting foot hair to make it perfectly rounded.
She attended breed specific classes to enhance her skill set with Poodles, Doodles, Bichons, Schnauzers, West Highland White Terriers, double coated dogs, and English Springer Spaniels.
She also learned an improved technique to de-mat a matted dog with the proper tools, and how to use each tool to do specific tasks more effectively.
Here are the cool titles of the individual courses: Semi-Permanent Color Certification, Grooming the Doodle, To De-matt or Not to De-Matt, Poodle Basic Pet Styling, Capture the Look of the Bichon, Schnauzers Made Easy, English Springer Spaniel, Double Coated Dogs, Terrier Troubles, The West Highland White Terrier, Cutting Techniques, The Dreaded Head.
Brystol is dedicated and talented, and we’re very proud to have her on our team. Please call to schedule a Crazy Bath Special and special hand cut grooming with her!
Dr. Kimberly Daffner
Dr. Joyce Wong, Veterinarian
Rabbit Husbandry: The Basics
Hi! I’m Dr. Joyce Wong, the newest addition to your clinic and I’m looking forward to meeting all your furry family members, including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small mammals. Husbandry is one of the most important components to making sure they live long and healthy lives. Since Easter is just around the corner, let’s start with rabbits and their care. Here are seven important things to know before saying yes to that cute twitchy nose:
Hopefully, I didn’t scare you off. Rabbits can be friendly and social and like to be part of the family. Next time, we’ll go over husbandry one my personal favorites: The guinea pig.
- Rabbits have a lifespan of up to 10 years and can weigh anywhere from 2 to 10 lbs, even more in some breeds. There are many breeds of rabbits, some with with very long hair that need daily brushing otherwise it gets matted.
- It may be cute to get a pair of rabbits but both males and females become sexually mature at a young age, which means you may end up with baby rabbits before you know it. I know, who doesn’t love baby rabbits! Just remember, there’s a reason the saying, “they multiple like rabbits” exists. We recommend spaying all female rabbits, even if there is no male around because they are prone to cancer of the uterus. As for the boys, if there is more than one male in the household, we recommend neutering them to minimize fighting and injury to each other.
- Fun fact #1—Rabbit teeth grow continuously! This means they need toys like wood pieces to chew on in order to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Hay is also an essential component in keeping their teeth in check. The grinding motion to break down hay helps grind down their teeth. However, some rabbits will have overgrown teeth even if they are getting appropriate chew toys and hay. They tend to have a malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. These rabbits will need routine veterinary care to keep their teeth at appropriate lengths so they can eat normally.
- While considering to get a rabbit, you’ll have to consider what type and how big of an enclosure to get this rabbit. My tip is to get the biggest cage you have space for because it still won’t be big enough for a full grown rabbit. Most commercial cages barely offer enough space for an adult rabbit to hop around in. In order to stretch her legs and get some exercise, your rabbit will need time outside of the cage either running around the room with supervision or setting up a large playpen for her. Without enough exercise, rabbits can become obese which can lead to other medical issues.
- What is appropriate rabbit food? I do not recommend a diet of lettuce, cabbage, and carrots. Rabbits need fresh veggies as well as an unlimited amount of hay daily. You can also offer pelleted rabbit food but stay away from the foods with the seeds and dried fruit in it. Your rabbit will likely pick out all the seeds and fruit and leave the pellets. This can lead to obesity and teeth problems. Rabbits like a wide variety of dark leafy vegetables but like us, each rabbit may have her own favorites. You want to minimize the amount of fruit offered because the amount of water and sugar in them can upset their gut.
- Fun fact #2—Rabbits don’t have any pads on their feet like dogs and cats. The bottom of their feet are protected by a thick layer of hair. Because of this, they need to have a thick layer of soft bedding that is changed frequently. Sitting on urine soaked bedding for too long can lead to sores on their feet which can lead to an infection of the bones there.
- Rabbits are prey animals; therefore, they tend to hide all signs of illness until they are really sick. Any small changes to your rabbit’s behavior, appetite, or defecation habits may be a sign of illness. I recommend bringing your rabbit into a veterinarian like myself who can evaluate her health before it gets worse. And we can make adjustments to her husbandry if needed.
Dr. Joyce Wong
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Announcements, adoption fairs, and featured pets from local rescue groups.
So Cal Bulldog Rescue
The Animal Debt Project
Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue
Miniature Schnauzer & Friends Rescue