Dental Health in dogs and cats is extremely important. Dogs and cats are unlikely to have cavities, but are very susceptible to gum and periodontal disease. Without proper care, your pet could experience painful tooth loss, sensitivity of the gums, and more.
These problems may sound minor but could eventually lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease (caused by bacteria build up), kidney disease, tooth abscesses, lung disease, bad breath, and weight loss. In most cases, problems in your pet’s mouth go unnoticed until the case is in extreme condition.
That is why it is important to make sure your pet has an exam by a veterinarian every year in which the doctor will check your pet’s gums and teeth! Yearly/regular dental cleanings are highly recommended.
Benefits of Spay and Neutering your pet
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to have them spayed (female) or neutered (male). Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year because they do not have a home. Your puppy can be fixed as early as 4 to 6 months in age. It is never too late to get your dog fixed, but the earlier the better.
Getting your pet fixed has several health benefits such as reduced risk for certain reproductive related cancers, prolapsed uterus, Pyometra, decreased risk of prostate disease, and much more. You will also notice that a spayed or neutered pet has less aggressive dispositions which will decrease the chances of your pet getting into a fight with another dog which could result in lacerations and potentially deadly diseases from bite wounds.
Spayed/Neutered pets also tend to wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to get lost, picked up, or hit by a car. This procedure will also suppress unwanted behavioral issues such as marking (territorial urination), barking/howling, escaping, and more!
Spay and neuter procedures are both routine surgeries. Your pet can be dropped off in the morning and will more than like be released the same afternoon. Some pets take longer to wake up from anesthesia and may need to be kept in recovery overnight.
We are proudly offering MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery). With the small 5mm scope that can look into areas of the body that our eyes cannot reach increases our ability to better diagnose and treat many common conditions. These techniques offer our patients less pain and trauma along with faster return to normal activity. Most of these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Schedule your appointment today!
We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your pet on a good quality diet. Bad diet in your pet can cause countless health issues such as, obesity, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, dull or dry skin and coat, dental and gum disease, and more. In some cases your pet may even have an allergy to a specific ingredient in a food such as grain (soy, wheat, corn, etc.), proteins (chicken, beef, etc.), and preservatives.
Because of this, we offer a full array of prescription and standard diets by Hills Science Diet to suit your pet’s specific needs. Treating your pet can also be a very misunderstood caloric and ingredient issue we see a lot! See the chart below from hills to understand how just one cookie a can be all thats keeping your pet from healthy weight!