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.
Last month of the year is here. Sigh……. Did you complete your pets to do list for 2016? Getting Ranger’s teeth cleaned, Molly’s spay, Kitty’s pedicure…….well it’s not too late. Don’t get overwhelmed. Some animal hospitals, such as Pacific Animal Hospital, allow clients to drop off their pet and will take care of all your pet’s needs. Everyone wants to see their pets happy and healthy, but remember that just because they look healthy to you doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see their veterinarian. We also offer some amazing money saving Wellness Plans that will make you and your budget happy!
Pets are part of the family and seeing them ill is never easy. Taking precautionary measures seriously reduces the chances of disease or illness at a fraction of the cost of treating a serious or emergency condition. Early diagnosis and treatment slows common diseases in pets such as kidney disease, periodontal disease and tooth loss, and osteoarthritis are just a few that preventative vet care can prevent or inhibit.
Many veterinarians recommend a twice a year physical exam and preventive care which covers:
Head to Tail full physical exam
Exams of the ears, eyes, and mouth are very important. Examination of an animal’s eyes may show anemia, infections, cataracts, high blood pressure, kidney problems, jaundice, allergies, and sometimes even nutritional conditions.
Checking out your pet’s ears is also important. Ear infections are common and often occur secondary to allergies. Your vet will look for discharges, thickening, hair loss, or any other signs of problems. Some signs include your pet scratching and rubbing at his ears. Then there are those pets that don’t scratch or rub their ears at all and they have an ear with yeast issues! Yep- that would be my little lion.
Oral health for our pets is also very important, but sadly ignored. Gums, teeth, tongue, and palate will all be examined by a veterinarian during their exam. Infections, tartar buildup, and other abnormalities could be red flags. Teeth brushing and professional dental cleaning will keep your pet and veterinarian happy.
Twice a year check-ups also allow your doctor to monitor your pet’s progressive health. They can make recommendations or adjustments on diet and the amount of exercise your pet needs. Everyone wants to see their pets happy and healthy, but remember that just because they look healthy to you doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see their veterinarian. Take necessary precautions and investment in your family fur pup and kitty. Also with twice a year exams, your vet may notice something that wasn’t there before. Since our pets can’t speak up, it’s definitely worth the visits!
While your pet is with us at Pacific Animal Hospital, make it a spa day for your pet! Your pet will get a hypoallergenic bath, pedicure, sanitary trim and a thorough brush out by our experienced groomer. We also offer furminator services too! Clean pets are less likely to cause people to suffer unnecessarily from allergies and other respiratory problems. It’s a win-win situation for your family and pet! Family members will non-stop cuddle with your clean furry companion!
If you think you don’t have enough time in the day to drop off and pick up your pet, we also offer boarding services for you and your fur ball! Leave your pet with us overnight and we will take care of the rest! You can run your errands with ease and get things ready for this busy holiday season. Pacific Animal Hospital is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 8am to 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm. It’s never too late to get your pets current on wellness exams, vaccinations, dental cleaning, and appropriate tests. The most important thing to remember is don’t delay. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 757-2442.