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Dental Disease…Does Your Pet Have It?

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.


Most dental disease occurs below the gumline where it is hard to detect.  A yearly exam includes a look inside your pet's mouth to determine the health of their teeth and gums.  When is the last time you had your pet's teeth checked?  February is Pet Dental Health Month which is a great reminder to have your pet's teeth examined!

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and veterinary dental cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life.  We will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we have dental tools that remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.  We also have dental products that can extend the positive benefits of a dental cleaning (foods, tools, and water additives)! 

Keeping your pet healthy from tooth to tail shows them how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet feeling great is to schedule their yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way because we love your pet, too!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

When Should You Call the Pet Poison Helpline?

Did your dog just eat a bag of trail mix that contained raisins and chocolate chips?  Did your cat eat part of that lily you brought home for Easter?  Did they eat something potentially poisonous?  Who do you call?  You can call us for immediate directions, but depending on the substance your pet ingested, we likely will direct you to call the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a dog or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easierless expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.

Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. They have the ability to help every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. Their contact number is 855-764-7661.

In order to provide this critical service, Pet Poison does charge a $49 per incident fee, which is payable by credit card. This fee covers the initial consultation as well as all follow-up calls associated with the management of the case.  When you consult with Pet Poison Helpline, you get the following: 

  • 24/7 access to experts in pet poisonings.
  • Experience. They have managed over 1,000,000 cases involving pet poisonings.
  • Veterinary specialists. They are the only poison control with veterinarians board-certified in internal medicine (DACVIM), emergency and critical care (DACVECC), and toxicology (DABVT, DABT) – which is imperative if your pet is critically ill from a potential poisoning.
  • Why they charge. They are the most cost-effective pet poison control center.  Unfortunately, because there is no public funding to help run animal poison control centers, there is a small per-incident fee of $49.
  • Their sole purpose is to ensure that pets stay healthy. Their single goal is to prevent their injury or illness from potential poisonings. To accomplish this, they operate a 24-hour pet poison control center which requires considerable effort, resources, and expense. Unlike public poison control centers in the human sector, veterinary poison control is allotted no tax dollars to support their existence. Pet Poison Helpline does not receive any state, federal, or other public funding. If they did not charge, they could not exist.
  • Follow up consultations. Their animal poison control staff will follow up with veterinarians or pet owners to ensure appropriate recommendations can be made throughout the treatment of the pet.
  • Treatment advice for all varieties of pets. They manage cat poisonings and dog poisonings, but they also assist in the treatment of avian, small mammals, large animal and exotic species (on a per incident fee basis).

Want more information?  Their website (and information provided above) can be found here:

A list of toxins can be found here:

When in doubt, call us and we can point you in the right direction to get your pet the help he needs!


Holiday Pet Hazards Can Cost Big Bucks!

We might sound like a broken record with our posts on pet hazards and pet safety around the holidays, but you can't be too careful.  Nationwide pet insurance has shared a handy infographic on the treatment costs associated with holiday hazards.  You might be surprised to see that a ingested length of ribbon averages over $1600 in medical treatment costs!  Avoid a holiday trip to the vet for these common hazards…and happy holidays!!  For more information, visit Nationwide at


Provided by Nationwide pet insurance

National Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that 40 percent of dogs, which is a total of about 17 million in the United States alone, are overweight? If you walk your dog just 30 minutes a day, you (and your dog) will meet national recommendations for heart health. 

Fall is an especially great time to start walking.  The leaves are changing color and the weather is brisk.  Walking gives you the opportunity to reflect about making healthy changes in the coming year.  By getting a walking routine established prior to the craziness that is the holiday season, the potential weight gain that can come with the holidays may not be as great a concern because you are already more active!  If you and/or your dog are overweight, walking just 30 minutes a day three times a week can lower blood pressure, increase energy, heighten the sense of happiness and well being, reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%.

If you can't get out every single day, even walking 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes each time will still have a positive effect. Positive changes in behavior lead to a happier you, which in turn can lead to a happier dog.

So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and get walking!

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October is Pet Wellness Month!

October is Pet Wellness Month!  Do you know which fruits and vegetables are safe for your pets?  Here is a handy list of SAFE and NOT SAFE fruits and veggies for your pets:




  • Apples without the seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon without seeds
  • Cantaloupe
  • Frozen bananas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots – raw or cooked
  • Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but limit the amount since they are high in sugar and can lead to weight gain
  • Squash, zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Popcorn – unsalted and unbuttered
  • Catnip or cat grass




  • Grapes and raisins – contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
  • Garlic and onions – have chemical properties that can be toxic and life-threatening to dogs and cats
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms, particularly wild mushrooms
  • Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, plums.  In some cases the pits can be toxic or can be a choking hazard
  • Nuts, particularly macadamia nuts which are toxic to pets.


Check out petMD's full article on Healthy Snacks and how to prepare them here:

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