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LUNA HAS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT-
LOOK AT THOSE SHINY WHITE TEETH!
For the entire month of February of 2013 we are offering a 10% dental discount for Ark Animal Hospital’s patients as our way of celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month!
(If your pet is not a current Ark patient and you are interested in bringing your pet(s) to Ark Animal Hospital just give us a call. Our friendly staff will set an appointment for one of our doctors to examine your pet and discuss their dental health needs. The 10% discount will apply to the dental procedure services on the day of the dental. Any necessary annual vaccines/tests, medications, or products dispensed on the day of the dental are not included in the discount and will be full price.
Pets with periodontal disease, abscessed teeth, tartar and plaque build up and bad breath are nothing to smile about!
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age four. The trouble begins when food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth to form plaque and tartar, which leads to reversible gingivitis. Gingivitis, if ignored, will progress to periodontal disease. Irreversible periodontal disease leads to tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and, in severe cases, tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into a pet’s bloodstream, the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system can be affected. These infections usually are treatable when caught at an early stage. However, if they are not caught in time, they can cause serious organ damage and even death.
All pets are at risk for developing dental problems, so it is important for owners to have their pets examined by a veterinarian annually to detect problems early. It also is important for owners to check their pets often between visits for these warning signs:
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup on the teeth
- Swollen, receding or bleeding gums
- Fractured or abscessed teeth
- Change in eating habits
A pet should be taken to a veterinarian immediately if it shows any of the above symptoms.
All pets coming in for dental procedures must be up to date on their routine yearly lab tests and vaccines. For dogs: Distemper-hepatitis-parvo-corona, Bordetella (tracheobronchitis), Rabies, Heartworm test and Fecal test. For cats: Feline distemper, Feline Leukemia, Rabies and Fecal test. We also require pre-dental blood screening-what test we require are based on the age and the health of your pet. Call us for more information.
We want to share some links below on dental health for your pet.
Give your pet a healthy, happy smile today!
Dr. Chetica Maus
BING-BING WINS AT ARK ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF VENICE, FL!
The votes came back and Bing-Bing was our big winner at Ark Animal Hospital’s Pets With Santa Photo Contest! Bing-Bing is a beautiful blue Sharpei puppy with the best personality in the world. She bounces into the clinic and you cannot help but smile at her zest for life. Her “mom” and “dad” brought her in today to claim her grand prize and to have her photo taken by Doug Sahlin of Doug Plus Rox Photography of Venice, Florida. She is such a happy girl!
From all of us at Ark Animal Hospital, Congratulations on your big win Bing-Bing!
The holiday season is upon us again and as it gets into full bloom there are several issues that may be problematic for our furry family members. The decorations are pretty mesmerizing to people and pets alike. It is often quite challenging to keep the furry ones away from the Christmas trees or the candles of the Menorah. Please take care and remember that tinsel, while it is beautiful on a tree, may act as a linear foreign body for cats. If eaten the tinsel may get stuck as it passes through the digestive track and may have to be surgically removed or may lead to cuts in the intestines that require surgical intervention. I do not recommend using tinsel in cat loving households. Don’t worry the tree will still be beautiful!
Imagine being an active furry family member and someone has put a tree in the house (how cool) with these swinging balls at eye level. Who could resist that. Please keep this in mind and try to hang bulbs (especially breakable bulbs) higher than tail level. The three dangers are swallowing (may look like a ball to a big dog), breaking (our furry friends rarely wear shoes so cut pads may occur), and dropping hooks (which may lead to cuts in the most unfortunate places). Please keep these tree trimming tips in mind for the holidays and both you and your furry family members are likely to have a much happier holiday.
We’re here to help you make it a safe and happy holiday season!
Dr. Chetica A. Maus