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What Could Be Hiding in Your Pet’s Mouth!


When Denise M. of Doylestown brought her 10-year-old American Bulldog, Clyde to her family veterinarian for his annual oral examination and dental cleaning, she got news she was not expecting.  “They noticed something suspicious and took a tissue sample,” says Denise.  “I found out it was cancer cells.”

Clyde's Tumor
Clyde’s Tumor

After diagnosing Clyde with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Clyde’s upper jaw, his family veterinarian referred Denise to board certified veterinary dental specialist and oral surgeon, Dr. Carlos Rice at CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services), in Langhorne, PA.  After careful evaluation, Clyde underwent extensive surgery at CARES with Dr. Rice, who removed the carcinoma (which was almost the size of a tennis ball).  “Clyde was under anesthesia for 6 or 7 hours,” adds Denise.  “He healed beautifully! Clyde’s face looks different, but Dr. Rice was fabulous and prepared me for that.  Dr. Rice is very giving, very kind and explained everything in detail.  He removed all of the tumor and Clyde has been cancer free ever since!”

Warning Signs?

Warning signs of oral disease in pets may not be visible to pet owners.  “Pets can hide their disease and still act happy,” according to Dr. Rice.  “I have seen dogs come in with a fractured jaw and even a gun shot wound to the face, and they are still wagging their tails.  Most pets do not show any signs of having a problem.  Many pet owners are looking for signs of jaw pain, like dropping food or hiding, pawing at their face or not being as playful.  The truth is, it’s just not universal for everyone.”  Clyde didn’t show any signs of pain either, according to Denise.  But, he was sensitive to the touch.  Gum swelling was an indication for Denise to get Clyde’s dental cleaning sooner than later.


Clyde’s happy ending is due in large part to Denise making sure Clyde (who was adopted from American Bulldog Rescue in Newtown) gets a detailed annual oral exam, under anesthesia.  “One of the most important things people need to be aware of is that oral diseases can be there, without a pet parent even recognizing it,” according to Dr. Rice.   “A complete oral exam under anesthesia allows the veterinarian to conduct a tooth by tooth exam, take a full mouth set of x-rays and probe all the teeth with the proper instruments.  That’s when problems can be uncovered. Oral disease like gum disease or oral cancer are as common in pets, as they are in people.  And, if you think about it, we take our human selves to the dentist twice a year to avoid problems.   The same holds true for our pets.”

Clyde Before Surgery
Clyde Before Surgery
Clyde After Surgery
Clyde After Surgery

We Put Pets First!

At CARES, we are here to put your pet first.   Our state-of-the-art facility is open 24/7 for your emergency and specialty needs.  Our compassionate, board certified veterinary specialists and clinicians are dedicated to bringing you the most advanced veterinary care.  The CARES team is a group of exceptional individuals, hand selected over time, with expertise in the areas of Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Clinical Pathology, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Surgery. At CARES, you can rest assured; we will treat your pet, as our own!

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