Dental Month has returned!!!
Friday, 09 January 2015 13:19
It’s that time of year again!…no,we don’t mean winter with all it’s cold and ice.
We are talking about National Pet Dental Health month. I am guessing that veterinary professionals get a little more excited about it than our clients and patients. We know that going to the dentist isnot really fun, but we know how important it is to our own dental health. National Pet Dental Health months gives us an opportunity to teach you just how important it is to your pet’s health. You may wonder why we think that this is exciting, so we will tell you.
Did you know that doggie breath is not normal?
Bad breath or halitosis is one of the first signs that there is oral disease in your pet. Since our pets don’t brush their teeth regulary, plaque builds up on the surface of their teeth. When plaque mixes with bacteria it turns into tarter which can not be brushed off. Let’s face it, we have enough trouble remembering to brush our own teeth daily. So unless you are brushing your pet’s teeth daily, your pet will have signs of dental disease by age 3!
Dental disease does not just affect your pet’s teeth.
Bacteria from dental disease can spread throughout the body and damage the heart, liver and kidneys.Infections in your pet’s mouth can make them feel under the weather and keep them from eating. This can make them lethargic and not willing to engage with you or in their favorite activities. We want our furry friends to live long healthy lives, so preventing dental disease can significantly increase your pet’s lifespan.
Dental disease is painful.
Dog breath may seem like just an annoyance, but there is more to it than just smell. That smell indicates that there is an infectionin your pet’s mouth. That infection leads to red swollen and sore gums that are sensitive when your pet eats or plays with toys. Broken teeth and exposed nerve endings make playing painful and can even lead to your pet being head shy. The simple act of petting your pet to show affection could be painful.
How do we know if your pet is suffering from dental disease? We take a look inside. In order to examine your pet’s teeth, we need to “flip the lip”. This means that we push back their lip to expose the back teeth, this is where most of the tarter builds up. If you notice tarter build up on your pet’s teeth, it is time to schedule a professional dental cleaning.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.