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Flip the Lip: Recognizing Dental Disease in Pets

Periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed preventable disease in dogs and cats. By age three, nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease, which can lead to more severe health problems.

There are strong links between gum disease and heart disease in humans and animals, so prevention is the key.

Your veterinarian can spot signs of dental disease during your annual wellness exam, and provide you with treatment options. In between exams, here’s a couple of things you can look for on your own:

Get down on their level. Flip the lip. Take a close look at the REAL condition of their teeth.

Are their gums pink and healthy, or red and inflamed?
Can you see discolorations on the teeth or at the gum line?
Is there evidence of any loose, cracked, or broken teeth?

We’re betting there’s a lot more going on in there than you realized. Luckily, it’s National Pet Dental Health Month, so pet parents can save $50 off a dental cleaning for Fido or Fluffy at any AZPetVet location.  We’ll even help you create a simple, regular home care plan for keeping doggy and kitty grins brighter.

 

Leptospirosis: What Pet Parents Need to Know

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The Rise of Leptospirosis in Arizona

Leptospirosis outbreaks in Arizona have been on the rise in recent months. While Leptospirosis is more common in warm climates with high annual rainfall, it can occur anywhere, even in the desert. Here’s what you need to know to keep your pets healthy and safe:

WHAT IS LEPTOSPIROSIS?

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria, which lives in soil and water. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to people. With Leptospirosis on the rise in Arizona, it’s crucial to understand the causes and symptoms of this disease to keep both you and your furry friend safe.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?

As cases of Leptospirosis continue to rise in Arizona, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the potential risks. As the weather cools off in Arizona, more dog owners will be taking their canine companions along to explore the great outdoors. Even if you don’t take your pet on hikes or to lakes, exposure to other dogs that are outdoors can put your beloved pet at risk. Common risk factors for dogs exposed to or that have contracted Leptospirosis may include:

  • Exposure to or drinking from rivers, lakes or streams
  • Roaming on rural properties
  • Exposure to a wild animal or farm animal species
  • Contact with rodents or other dogs

HOW DOES LEPTOSPIROSIS SPREAD?

Dogs can become infected if mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with the following:

  • Infected urine
  • Urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding
  • A bite from an infected animal
  • Eating infected tissues or carcasses
  • Leptospirosis can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies, although this occurrence is rare.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Common symptoms of Leptospirosis in dogs may include:

  • Fever, shivering
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Lethargy or reluctance to move
  • Increased thirst
  • Changes in frequency or amount of urination
  • Dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes)

Painful inflammation within the eyes Leptospirosis may cause bleeding disorders that can lead to blood-tinged vomit, urine, stool or saliva; nosebleeds; and pinpoint red spots (which may be visible on the gums and other mucous membranes or on light-colored skin). Dogs with Leptospirosis can also develop severe lung disease and are at risk of developing swollen legs (from fluid accumulation) or accumulating excess fluid in their chest or abdomen. This zoonotic disease can even cause kidney failure with or without liver failure being present.

PREVENTION

Vaccines can help prevent most kinds of Leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccinations are recommended for at-risk dogs. Your AZPetVet veterinary team can work with you to help protect your pet against Leptospirosis and other diseases. Find a location near you.

TREATMENT

Leptospirosis is typically treated using antibiotics, but each specific case may vary. Treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good. However, there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage. Although an infected pet dog presents a low risk of infection for you and your family, there is still some risk. If your dog has been diagnosed with Leptospirosis, take the following precautions to protect yourself:

  • Administer antibiotics as prescribed by your veterinarian
  • Avoid contact with your dog’s urine
  • If your dog urinates in your home, quickly clean the area with a household disinfectant, and wear gloves to avoid skin contact with the urine.
  • Encourage your dog to urinate away from standing water or areas where people or other animals will have access
  • Wash your hands after handling your pet

As cases of Leptospirosis continue to rise in Arizona, it’s essential to understand the risks, symptoms, and treatment around this disease. Knowing the prevention steps and signs will help give you peace of mind while you and your pup explore the vast Arizona wilderness.

[disclaimer] Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

Holiday tips for a happier pet from your pet dentist!

The holiday season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to remember your loved ones! That includes your four-legged, furry loved ones!

At Arizona’s Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, we think about our pets dental and health needs all year round. But specifically treating your peArizona's Arrow Group of Animal Hospitalst over the holidays can mean as much to them as it can do a resort spa package for your spouse. Here are some tips!

  1. Buy some new chew sticks, porkhide bones or other delights for your dog.
  2. Get your dog’s fur clipped and cleaned! They will love it! In Phoenix, there are a number of recommended pet salons – try one for the holidays.
  3. Buy a new bone for the dog, or new climbing apparatus for your cat – Solo activities like this help nurture a sense of independence for your pet, leading to a more enjoyable relationship for you and your pets.
  4. Treat both animals to a full-featured pet dentist visit – If you don’t do anything else this holiday season, this one is probably the most important. Good dental hygiene helps prevent mouth pain for dogs, decreases chance of tooth loss and improves your pet’s overall well-being.
  5. Run your dog at a new park – the change in location and fresh air and exercise will do your pet a load of good!

Your pets are in some cases your best friends during the holidays. Give them the gift of love during the holidays, and make the time of year one to remember! And your pet will thank you too!

Save $50 on your pet dental visit before Dec. 31!

When was the last time you had your dog’s teeth cleaned, checked and refreshed? If it’s been more than six months, then that time might be now. Arrow Animal Hospital Group is offering a $50 savings at one of our member offices to have your pet dental visit done. But you must hurry – the offer is good only until December 31st.

When you book an appointment for your pet with one of our member veterinarians within the Arizona Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, you will be assured of a full doctor exam, including, as needed, General anesthesia; Nursing care; Ultrasonic teeth cleaning, polishing and rinsing; as well as post-operative care with nurse and much more.

Many treatments can be performed in the exam room, such as vaccinations. For some treatments, such as blood draws and x-rays, we will take your pet to our treatment area where our highly trained staff can safely hold your pet during the procedures.

Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals has 16 convenient valley locations that offer a full complement of veterinary services for all of your pet’s needs. Our main goal is to ensure that you and your pets receive the highest level of care, service, and the most current treatment/techniques/medicine available.

We have a skilled and compassionate staff, state of the art facilities and equipment, and we combine the family element with a true compassion for you and your pets. We want you to feel like we are part of the family, especially during the holidays.

Five warning signs for dog dental health – brush their teeth!

Humans very naturally take care of their teeth. Next to drinking water, brushing our teeth is probably the next most regular thing we do. But who takes care of our dogs’ teeth? And how often? Sadly, for pets, the answer is generally “not often enough”.

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Our group of veterinarian doctors has banded together as the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, with a new website at www.Arizonapetvet.com to highlight the dangers in lack of proper dog dental health care for animal owners. Here are some warning signs you should be on the lookout for in checking dogs’ teeth:

Warning signs:

  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when mouth or gums are touched, or when pet is eating
  • Decreased appetite, due to reason above
  • Loose or missing teeth

The opportunity to help desert pet owners has never been greater and these Phoenix pet dentist want to make sure their pets get as much dental care as themselves. Without proper dental care, pets have increased chances of mouth-borne illnesses.

Dental disease is more than just stinky breath! When detected and diagnosed in the early stages, treatment is much more effective at preventing pain, decreases chance of tooth loss and cost is significantly decreased.

Start your pet’s dental care today with AZPetVet! Find the location nearest you at www.AZPetVet.com