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.
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:
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.
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!