Pearly Whites and Fresh Breath For Your Pets!

 

 

Dental disease is the most common disease we see in pets.  Just like us, our pets require routine dental care to maintain oral health.  Regular professional veterinary dental care is very important to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other health issues such as heart, liver and kidney disease.  Here is some information that you should be aware of:

 

 

STAGE /GRADE 1- MILD GINGIVITIS: The gums are inflamed and swollen, and plaque covers your pets teeth. Home dental care is needed. If there is no improvement, dental cleaning is needed to remove current plaque buildup. This disease stage is reversible.

STAGE/GRADE  2- MODERATE GINGIVITIS:  The entire gum is inflamed and swollen. Mouth is painful and odor is noticeable. Dental cleaning to remove calculus is needed within the next month. Home dental care and regular dental cleanings are needed afterward for prevention.  This disease stage is reversible.

STAGE/GRADE  3 – SEVERE GINGIVITIS:  Gums are cherry red and bleeding, damaged by infection and calculus. A sore, painful mouth and bad breath is evident. Dental cleaning and removal of calculus is needed immediately.  This is a very serious stage that can quickly progress to stage four.

STAGE/GRADE 4 –  PERIODONTAL DISEASE:  Chronic infection is destroying the gums, teeth and bone. Bacteria are spreading through the body via bloodstream and may damage the kidneys, liver and heart. Dental treatment is needed immediately. Dental x-rays and oral surgery may be needed as well as extractions due to irreversible bone loss or tooth root abscess. 

 

Pets are an important part of our lives. Good dental care is essential to extend your pet’s life span and assure a good quality of life. Just like you, your pet needs to

receive daily dental care at home. It is best to begin home care when the puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age; however, it is never too late. The daily

brushing process should be pleasant for both you and your pet. Many pets enjoy the added attention while many owners look forward to the close quality time spent

with their companion animal. The supplies you need are a finger brush and CET pet toothpaste.  Most animals accept brushing very well if they are introduced to the

procedure in a calm and patient way. If you need a demonstration, we will be happy to show you!

 

    

Be patient. Take time with the process or your pet may become resistant.

Praise your pet. It’s a new experience and praising your pet will make him or her more receptive.

Reward your pet with treats at the end of each session. Remember, always make it fun!

Stop immediately if your pet shows any signs of aggression. Please call us for advice!

Human toothpaste is for humans and NOT for pets. It is common for human toothpaste to cause stomach problems and even vomiting.

Brushing the teeth at home will decrease the frequency of professional dental care.

Remember, always make it fun!

 

Make an appointment for a dental exam for your fur baby and find out what stage your pet’s teeth are in! Get those teeth looking and smelling great! If you have  any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us! For your convenience we are open 7 days a week; Monday – Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.  

 

Why You Should Spay/Neuter Your Pet

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Did you know it’s spay/neuter awareness month? This is such an important topic and procedure for our pets overall wellbeing. There are many benefits of spaying and neutering our pets including: improved health outlook, improved temperament, a declining homeless pet population and a reduction in the expense associated with breeding. The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one as a pet owner. It can be the single best decision you make for your fur babies!  Here are some medical benefits on spaying/neutering your pets:

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No matter hold old your pet is, it’s never too late to spay/neuter! xo

 

 

 

 

 

♥Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

♥Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

♥Your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

♥Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.

♥Your neutered male may be better behaved. Un-neutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Nope- not something you want to happen! Your happy K9 might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

Princess got spayed and all clear! xo

Princess got spayed and all clear! xo

 

Pet overpopulation is an issue that affects every local community.  There is rarely a time when local shelters are not bursting at the seams with unwanted and stray animals. If all pet owners spayed and neutered their pets, local shelters would experience a reduction in their populations!  This reduction would not only result in less animals living on the streets and being put to sleep in shelters, but it would also result in increased room in shelters for animals that are forced into homelessness in other situations. Spay/neuter our pets is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation.

It’s spay/neuter awareness month!  If you have any concerns, talk with your vet about them. Here at Pacific Animal Hospital, we have a money saving spay/neuter wellness program! We would love to talk with you about it and answer any of your questions! Please don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 757-2442.   It’s spay/neuter awareness month! Pass it on!

 

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Basic Manners For Pets 101

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The New Year is in motion and we can finally go back to our routines. It was great seeing family during the holidays and we all had our share of holiday food and entertainment.  With the holidays came new additions to the family.  Puppy, kitty, Buddy and Daisy are happy to be with their new family and now is the best time to start with their training. Yes – you can train Kitty too!  Here are some reasons why we should train our pets:

 

1) Build a Positive Relationship: One of the best ways to build a healthier relationship with Buddy is to make it rewarding, successful and easy as possible for the both of you.  Positive training, which rewards and motivates a pet for good behavior, allows you to develop a relationship with your pet based on mutual trust and respect,  instead of fear and intimidation.  Our faithful companions that are taught using positive reinforcement methods are more tolerant and self-controlled and behave much more predictably in different situations.  When giving treats as a reward, some dogs are allergic to specific items, such as certain protein sources, gluten, or grains like wheat and corn, so they should only be given chew treats that are free of those allergy triggers. Read the ingredients list of any treats you give your four-legged friend to be sure that you are doing your best to help keep him both happy and healthy!

 

2) Basic Manners 101:  Every pet needs to learn how to live successfully in a home environment.   Teaching your pets basic manner skills and providing them with enough mental enrichment and physical exercise will prevent them from developing anxiety and other stress related behaviors such as destructive chewing, inappropriate barking and aggressive display.

 

3) Socialization: Social interaction will give your pet the confidence to deal with the pressures training your pet to have good manners and behave well in different situations requires effort, but consistent commitment ensures success. We have high expectations for our pets, encouraging them to be friendly with everyone they meet, even if they are uncomfortable in certain situations. It is vital to socialize Buddy by giving him good experiences in the presence of all kinds of people, animals and environments.  As for Kitty, socializing with only his siblings is best.

 

4) Kitty Training 101: Cats are really smart and they can be trained. Start to train them while they are still kittens to like their carrier. This is most helpful as they grow and need to visit their vet. Make it a positive situation. Put Kitty in his carrier and carry him to a different area of the home.  Open the carrier and praise, love and give him a treat! This way he won’t associate the carrier with  vet time. There are other ways to train a feline and yes – there are even cat trainers!

You CAN train Kitty! xo

 

4) Loyal and Companion: Pet parents  who make time to teach their pets lead more fulfilling lives with their canine companions. A healthy balance of learning manners, encouraging sociability and providing your pet with the right kind of outlets will ensure them success. Having trained pets will make life so much easier for everyone and your pets will understand what is expected from them once trained.  Both you and your pets will have an amazing bonding experience  throughout the years!

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Get involved in the training classes with your trainer and ask questions! Training your pet is an investment and like all pet parents, you want the best for your pets! If you’re not sure where to start, please call Pacific Animal Hospital and we’ll be happy to help you! We are open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. Basic Manners 101 will be so rewarding for everyone!

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