Lesions can eventually become ulcerated and
crusty. Extensive lesions often require surgery
- other forms of therapy like radiation and
photodynamic therapy (using light sensitive
medication) may be more appropriate for
early disease. Squamous cell carcinoma does
not tend to spread to other parts of the body
but it can return locally, causing destruction
of the local tissues. In some cases lesions can
take years to progress.
We all know cats are sun seekers, so it
may not be possible to stop white cats
from sunbathing - but to try to prevent
lesions from developing, pet friendly sun
cream can be applied to the nose and
ears of white cats, particularly during
the summer months. Owners of white
cats should also seek early veterinary
attention if they notice any changes to
the skin on the nose, ear tips or eye lids.
Slap on the sun cream!
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer seen in cats (representing up to 50%
of skin tumours). The occurrence of this form of skin cancer increases with ultraviolet light exposure (for
example higher altitude increases risk). Cats with white coats also have
13 times the risk
squamous cell carcinoma than any other coat colour and older cats tend to be affected.
Squamous cell carcinoma on the ear tip of a white cat
Squamous cell carcinoma on the nose
Willows recently hosted a feline themed continuing professional
development (CPD) day for veterinary surgeons andnurses.We
very honoured to have Dr Andy Sparkes and Claire Bessant,Veterinary
Director and Chief Executive of International Cat Care discussing the
aims of International Cat Care and raising awareness in how veterinary
practices can ensure that our feline friends and their owners enjoy their
visit to the vets. Several members of theWillows Specialist team also
presented lectures on the day. The subjects covered were clinically varied
and were thoroughly enjoyed by all who came.
International Cat Care (iCatCare) is a charity that is passionate about
improving the provision of care given to cats. The charity has been
established for 50 years and has helped many veterinary practices
(including ourselves), catteries, rescue centres and individual cat owners
improve the way they care for cats.
As a result of our commitment to excellence and the five star facilities
and care we provide to both cats and their owners,Willows has been
officially accredited as an iCatCare Cat Friendly Clinic at the gold level.
Cats are unique in many ways and as a veterinary practice, it is important
to be able to care for our feline patients and reduce stress to the cat
and owner. At Willows we understand that cats are not just small dogs,
they can have a range of diseases that are different to dogs (this was
represented with the subjects covered during the day of lectures). They
also have behaviours and temperaments unlike dogs and need to be
handled in a different way.Willows staff are trained to recognise and
understand such needs, allowing them to provide the best possible care
from the time they arrive at the practice until the time they leave.
Here at Willows, we have cat advocates who are happy to discuss
our cat friendly facilities and help to ensure that whether the visit
is for an annual booster, a short or long stay in hospital we can fully
accommodate individual needs. Our reception team are also trained to
give advice on how to reduce stress to your cat whilst travelling and are
happy to answer any questions regarding this.
We are very pleased to say that a donation of £1,000 from the
proceedings of the day
have been donated
to the iCatCare’s
P U R R - F E C T C P D F O R U M
To find out more about our cat friendly facilities here at Willows follow this link:www.willows.uk.net/cat-friendly-clinic
For further information on the work of iCatCare and cat friendly clinics follow this link:www.icatcare.org/about-us
DrAndy Sparkes (Veterinary
Director at iCatCare), Stephanie
Lalor (European Specialist in Small
Animal Medicine atWillows and
CatAdvocate) and Claire Bessant
(Chief Executive at iCatCare) in
Willows cat waiting area.