People brush their teeth because it helps keep their breath fresh, and because it’s important for maintaining their health. These things are true for animals too, but too many pet parents neglect their pet’s dental health simply because they don’t realize its importance.
A National Pet Owners survey found that only 14% of dogs and 9% of cats receive dental care at the veterinarian’s office. Early treatment, regular dental examinations and cleanings, and a home care regimen are key to maintaining your pet’s health and longevity. Don’t make that mistake. Periodontal disease is one the most prevalent diseases in companion animals today. In fact, four out of five dogs over the age of three have some sort of periodontal disease.
Numerous studies show a link between gum disease and serious health issues like heart disease. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream from their teeth and mouth, leading to potential infections of your pet’s heart, lung, kidneys, liver, and nervous system. Prevention is the best approach, so regular brushing, dental exams and cleanings are vital.Plaque and tartar build-up on teeth is a sign of trouble, so make dental chews, teeth brushing and regular check-ups part of your routine. Cats need regular dental care as well.
The American Animal Hospital Association guidelines recommend regular examinations and dental cleanings for all adult dogs and cats annually, starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs.
So its clear: an annual dental examination is the best way to identify issues before they have a serious impact on your pet’s health. Your veterinarian will observe your pet’s face, their gums, cheeks, palate, and bite patterns to isolate dental health concerns and recommend cleaning and/or treatment. Regular dental cleanings can also make a huge difference to your pet’s overall health. Your vet can help you establish a home-care routine. Make that commitment.
As the second wonderful organization we were able to collect for during this donation drive, our friends at GrandPaws Pantry were almost as excited as we were with the results! With collection bins at five of our valley locations, once again our amazing family – doctors, employees, and incredible clients – united to create a truly awesome impact.
From collars and leashes, to blankets, litter boxes, toys, food, treats and more, GrandPaws Pantry shelves got a little boost! With nearly 300 donated items, we had to be careful to leave room in the cars for the drivers when loading up the donations! In addition, with our partners matching the donations, a cash donation of $1,250 was also in the mix!
Check out some of the photos here:
Packed top to bottom!
Squeeeeeze it in!
Uh…save room for the driver!
Thank you, everyone!
As we said previously, we are so proud, honored, excited, and humbled that together, we could help make such a wonderful impact for these great organizations in our community!
(If you missed the Part 1 results from the donation drive, see it here.)
Earlier this week, the folks from Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds stopped by to pickup the donations collected on their behalf at 15 of our valley locations. Truthfully, we could not be more proud, excited, and humbled that our INCREDIBLE family – doctors, employees, AND amazing clients – came together in such an incredible way.
An incredibly vast array of desperately needed items were collected, from blankets and towels, to beds, kennels & carriers, wet and dry food (cat & dog), harnesses, grooming tools & supplies, puppy pads, strollers, toys, litterboxes, clothes, and so much more.
Together, we generated:
– A total of 33 donation boxes, containing over 2,6oo items!
– It took 6 SUV’s filled top-to-bottom to transport the donations!
– Our partners matched the donations, and contributed $3,300 in cash!
Helping Hands all around!
This is just PART of the donations!
How much can we fit in here?
Stay tuned for Part 2…
UPDATE: See Part 2 of the donation drive results here!)
National Walk Your Dog Month is your New Year’s Resolution with a twist! If you’re like most people, your annual list of resolutions included goals like ‘lose weight’ and ‘get healthy’. If you’re really like most people, that resolution is fading fast, so it’s time to act.
Pet parents can take a step towards achieving these goals simply by grabbing the dog leash and asking, “Wanna go for a walk?”
OMG! OMG! WALK! GO! GO! NOW!
The sheer joy and unleashed excitement of your pet’s reaction will have you smiling and laughing while their tails are wagging.
The entire ritual of preparing for, and then going on the walk will not only boost your mood, but also help release your body cortisol and endorphins associated with positive health benefits like:
Lower blood pressure
Reduced pain & stress
Strengthened immune system
All this begins before you even get outdoors! Happily, Arizona’s winter weather is usually pleasantly warm and sunny, so enjoy the time you have in cooler months – get out and explore.
Once you, Max, and Bella (Rover’s top pet names for 2017) are outside, take the time to really connect with the world around you. Dogs love to follow their noses, so try to allow them some leeway without losing control. During your journey, they’ll want to sniff out who’s been around recently, and leave a little dog graffiti here and there (don’t forget your poop bags).
Regular exercise helps burn off excess energy that can lead to undesirable behaviors like chewing, scratching or digging. A bonus is there should be a lot less whining or barking for attention. But make no mistake, they will keep you on track by reminding you when it’s time to for your walk. Dogs thrive under regular routines, and so can you.
Best of all? You’ll both lose weight and get healthier.
Good pet nutrition is a great subject to kick off the new year. Choosing a dog food can be overwhelming with so many varieties on the market.
How do you determine what is the healthiest choice for your dog?
Here are some tips that can help you find the best quality food for your pooch.
Read the Ingredients Label: No matter what the age of your pet, you’re going to want to see some specific things in the ingredients to be certain it’s a good quality food. In pet foods, the ingredients are listed by weight/quantity – so the the first few ingredients will comprise the bulk of the food.
The first ingredients should alway include some form of named animal protein like beef, chicken, lamb, or fish. Caution: avoid ‘meat by-products or poultry by-products’ as these are usually manufactured from low-cost parts that could come from any number of sources. If a listing includes ‘meal’ – a named type such as beef meal or chicken meal is better than ‘meat meal’.
Whole Vegetables, Fruits & Grains: Like humans, dogs get nutritional benefits from whole foods. Good quality dog food formulas will include added essential vitamins and minerals derived from legumes, fruits, vegetables, grains or meat. For those who prefer to leave grain out of the mix by choice or necessity due to diet sensitivities, there are many high quality grain-free foods on the market.
Quality Fats & Oils: A balanced diet provides about 10-15% fat, and promotes healthy skin and a shiny coat. Fats provide energy, add taste and flavor to foods, as well as aid in the absorption of certain vitamins. Quality fats used in dog foods include poultry fat, vegetable oil, soybean oil, and fish oil. Avoid foods with a generic ‘animal fat’ listing as they can come from less than desirable sources.
Choose a Food for Your Pet’s Particular Size, Activity Levels & Life Stage: The nutritional needs of a puppy are quite different from an adult or senior dog. In addition, the size, activity levels of the dog can also be important. Some pet foods are formulated to meet the dietary needs of a specific breed. For example – a breed that’s susceptible to joint problems might benefit from a food that includes vitamins and minerals that help strengthen bones.
What to Avoid: Say no to artificial colors, flavors and preservatives like BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin. Look for natural preservatives, such as tocopherols (forms of vitamin E), vitamin C, and rosemary extract instead. Watch out for added sugar or artificial sweeteners! Dogs love sweet things too, and these are often added to foods to coax dogs to eat sub-standard foods.
Note the Important Dates on the Bag: Natural preservatives mean the food has a shorter shelf life than those using artificial preservatives. Look for the freshest products by checking the date of manufacture and ‘best by’ dates.