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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!

Meet Us Monday – Staff Spotlight

TVH Vet Tech Ann

Welcome to our second installment of "Meet Us Monday".  You see our faces when you bring your pets in for medical treatment or lodging, but do you really know us?  Do you know what song we would sing at Karaoke if given the choice?  Do you know what we things we consider ourselves to be supremely terrible at doing?  If we could travel anywhere in the world, where would we go?  The answers to these questions and more can be found right here in our BLOG every Monday!! 

Today in "Meet Us Monday", please meet staff member Ann, one of our fantastic Veterinary Assistants!

MEET ANN

Job at TVH:  Veterinary Assistant

Time at TVH: 4 months

If you could vacation anywhere you want, where would you go? Australia

What is your favorite book? My favorite author is Terry Pratchett; his "Discworld" series is among my favorite books.

Favorite movie? No contest: Jurassic Park.

Favorite item of clothing? Lounge pants!

What are your hobbies outside of work? I write. I have been published in an anthology of short stories and poems.

How many members in your pet family? One dog…his name is Toby and he is fourteen. I just adopted a handsome rat named D'Artagnan from the SPCA and then adopted him an albino baby brother named Fisk!

What led you to work in the veterinary field? I knew I wanted to work with animals or be in the biology field. I had the best biology teacher ever which led me to major in Wildlife Conservation. I wanted to work with exotics and long story short, here is where I ended up.

What is your favorite thing about working at Trooper Vet? I like the techniques that I am learning. I get to "baby sit" pets since I am a live-in at the hospital.

If you sang at karaoke night, what song would you sing? I have actually thought about this question before! "I Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley would be my first choice. That is a song I feel like I could do really well.

What radio station is on in your car right now? 104.5…but I surf. I can't listen to commercials. I listen to everything from classic to rap.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

If money was no object, what would you do all day? I would have an extreme video game set up and play all day! I am a pretty hardcore gamer, so much so that none of my friends want to play with me.

What is one of your biggest pet peeves? When people complain about things they can change.

How would your friends describe you? Easy going.

Strangest thing you have ever eaten? Bull testicles! I give them five thumb's down.

Give me one thing you will never do again. Eat bull testicles. smiley

Bungee jump, parachute from a plane, or hang glide? All of the above!

Do you collect anything? Interestingly-shaped glass bottles…although I have zero in my collection at the moment (thanks for throwing them out, Mom.)

Be sure to check back next week for our next edition of "Meet Us Monday"!

Meet Us Monday – Staff Spotlight

Gerry F

We will be spotlighting all of our special staff members this year on something we like to call "Meet Us Monday".  You see our faces when you bring your pets in for medical treatment or lodging, but do you really know us?  Do you know what song we would sing at Karaoke if given the choice?  Do you know what we things we consider ourselves to be supremely terrible at doing?  If we could travel anywhere in the world, where would we go?  The answers to these questions and more can be found right here in our BLOG every Monday!!

Our first "Meet Us Monday" staff spotlight is Gerry, pictured here with her dog, Bo.

 

MEET GERRY

 

Job at TVH:  Kennel Manager

Time at TVH:  Eleven years

  • If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?  Alaska
  • What is your favorite type of music?  Doo Wop
  • What song would you sing at Karaoke night?  Any Motown song
  • What are your hobbies outside of work?  I like to dance.  I go jitterbug dancing most Sunday afternoons.
  • Who are the pet members of your family?  Bandit, Smokey, Angel (cats) and Bo (dog)
  • Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse or drive a car? Doesn't matter to me…I would do all three.
  • Coffee or tea?  Coffee.
  • Strangest thing you have ever eaten?  Duck.  I wouldn't eat it again.
  • If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?  X-ray vision.
  • In one word, how would your friends describe you?  CRAZY!
  • Do you collect anything?  I collect vinyl records.  I have 45s, cassettes, and every record Elvis Presley has ever made!
  • On a scale of 1-10, how funny would you say you are?  Probably an 8.
  • Something that most people don't know about you?  I play guitar and banjo.  When I was in high school, I was the only girl in a band called "The Combo Kings".  We played firehouses on Friday nights and actually got paid to play.
  • Bungee jump, parachute from a plane or hang glide from a mountain?  Definitely hang glide.
  • If money was no object, what would you do all day?  Travel…I'd love to go to Tennessee and visit Graceland.
  • What is your favorite thing about working at Trooper Vet?  I like coming to work.  I get to work with animals every day and the people here are like family.

Be sure to check our blog again next week to meet another one of our great staff members!

Trooper Vet is on Social Media!

Did you know that Trooper Veterinary Hospital is on Social Media?  We are currently on Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter! If you haven't "liked" or started to "follow" us, what are you waiting for?  We know that almost everyone is connected through social media of some kind these days, so we are making sure to get our cyber footprint out there. 

FACEBOOK

Our Facebook page features our pet patients, their parents, and our staff almost daily.  We also share educational posts regarding dog and cat health, interesting facts about veterinary care, and upcoming events happening in our area. The link to our Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/TrooperVet/

 

 

INSTAGRAM

Our Instagram page can be found by searching for and the following TrooperVeterinaryHospital.  Need a kitten or puppy fix?  Head over to our IG account! 

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TWITTER

Does your favorite mode of social media include a little bird named Larry?  (Yes, the Twitter bird actually does have a name!)  Well, then come follow us on Twitter by searching for "troopervet"!  

 

Twitter

 

We hope to see you soon on one (or all three) of these social platforms.  Please be sure to comment, like and share from all of these so that we can reach even more people (and their pets)!