Periodontal disease in pets (and people) can be prevented, treated and if caught early, even reversed. Here are some tips for preventing pet dental disease:
Work directly with your veterinarian to protect your pet against the dangers of periodontal disease.
Combine regular home brushing with veterinary cleanings and dental care to keep periodontal disease at bay.
Brush your pet’s teeth daily with a toothpaste that’s just for dogs. Your vet can recommend one. Regular brushing helps reduce plaque.
Give your dog dental chews and chew toys – the gnawing also helps reduce plaque formation on the teeth. Look for specially formulated dental chews that have special enzymes to impede the formation of tartar. These are not a replacement for brushing, but will help keep your pet’s mouth clean and fresh.
Schedule regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian – at least once per year.
Each holiday season the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals conducts a donation drive to support a local pet-related non-profit (or two). Last week, we were thrilled to handoff the amazing donations collected to one of the two organizations we partnered with this year. During the month, we collected items from team members, vendor partners, and our incredible clients who all gave from their hearts! The director of Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds is a hands-on leader, and personally came to help collect the donations – over 2,000 items! It took two large vehicles and more than one trip to deliver all the donations – but everything made it, and will be put to good use!
In addition to all the products and goods collected, the AZPetVet partners provided a $2,750 cash contribution to the drive, helping ensure that the wonderful work of Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds can continue forward. AZPetVet is honored to have had the opportunity to partner with this wonderful non-profit, helping to create a lasting, positive impact in our community.
Pet dental disease is the most common and preventable health condition for pets. They start out with beautiful, shiny white teeth. But by age three, nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease. This can lead to more severe health problems.
Pets need dental care just like people. Without regular cleanings, plaque begins to build up on the teeth. Plaque is a nasty, sticky film caused by bacteria in the mouth. As plaque forms on the teeth, it irritates the gum tissue, causing red or swollen gums. Eventually, minerals in the saliva will harden the plaque into tartar.
Bacteria and plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth that isn’t removed through at-home brushings will mean bad breath and tartar are definitely in your pet’s future. Regular dental cleanings by veterinary professionals can reduce your pet’s risk for developing gingivitis, a painful inflammation of the gums, periodontal disease, and avoid tooth loss. Pets with periodontal disease are at risk for developing heart, liver or kidney disease .
if your pet has bad breath, red or swollen gums, missing, loose or cracked teeth or has experienced a recent change in appetite or trouble eating, it’s time for a trip to AZPetVet.
It’s Walk With Your Pet month! Happily, winters in Phoenix are mild, so there are lots of opportunities to get outside with your pet to enjoy the day. Here are some of the best places to take a walk with your pet:
Get out and explore your neighborhood! Take a walk together before or after work. No doubt you’ll meet neighbors and their pets, too! Be sure to keep close watch on your pooch when they’re meeting other pets for the first time.
Take a trip to the dog park! Phoenix has a wide range of off leash dog parks where your pooch can romp and play with new friends. You’ll meet some great people, too! Dog Parks in Phoenix
It’s a fresh new year, so it’s the perfect time to do a little new year pet health check-up on all things related to your pets. The theme is clean, clear and up-to-date, so let’s dig into our new year’s pet health check-up list!
1/ Schedule an annual check-up. Annual wellness exams can help prevent chronic health problems like diabetes as well as common communicable diseases. Your pet will be carefully examined from top to tail, including teeth. Pets will receive any needed vaccinations and boosters, plus flea and/or heart worm medications. If it’s been a while since your pet has seen the vet, don’t wait. Make an appointment today!
2/ Clean, Repair or Replace Worn Toys. Take a few minutes to sort through your pet’s toys. While every pet has their favorites, some toys can become choking hazards. Repair or replace anything with torn seams, visible stuffing or that’s just become gross. Some plush toys are washable. Make a habit to regularly wash them along with your pet’s bedding. Dogs also seem to collect old bones and chews. Quietly dispose of any with ragged edges or visible cracks.
3/ Wash & Repair Pet Bedding & Food Bowls. Regular washing of your pet’s bowls, bedding, pillows, blankets and plush toys is a must. Washing bedding and toys can help cut down on irritants and allergens like pet dander, dust and dirt. Use an unscented, pet safe detergent and avoid fabric softeners or other additives. Air dry or use the dryer, but avoid dryer sheets.
4/ Examine, Repair or Replace Collars, Harnesses & Leashes. Take a look at your pet’s collar, harnesses and leashes to make certain they’re in good working order, with no visible signs of wear and tear. Repair or replace if necessary. Now, get outside together and take a good long walk to enjoy the mild weather!
5/ Set Up a Regular Grooming Schedule! Your pet’s fur, teeth and nails can always use a bit of extra attention. Make sure to regularly groom your pets. Whether you bathe and groom them at home or use one of our experienced pet stylists, your pet will look, feel and smell wonderful. Don’t forget to regularly brush their teeth! Your veterinarian or groomer can show you the best techniques and recommend pet-safe products.
6/ Update Pet Tags, Licenses & Registrations. Check your pet’s tags, licenses and microchip registration information to be sure all contact details are correct. If your pet isn’t microchipped, get it done ASAP. Replace any worn or rusted ID tags.