Quarterly Prints (Winter) 2017
What’s new at CPVH?
Amanda H. is Back!
Amanda H. has returned from maternity leave and is anxiously awaiting to see all the clients and pets she has missed the past couple of month.
We have had a few additions to staff here at Claws & Paws, as happens from time-to-time. We are currently adding staff, including Jessy, Kenneth, Amanda R. and Stephanie.
Remember, if you haven’t picked up a copy of our 2017 Claws & Paws Calendar, it’s not too late. We have them available in our reception area. Please stop by and pick one up. This year’s calendar features clients’ pets as a result of a contest we held this past year. Congratulations once again to those selected for the calendar. This was a fun project and we are so happy to have you all as a part of our Claws & Paws Family.
Each quarter we publish a new Quarterly Prints newsletter, so be sure to come back from time-to-time to see what’s new.
What is so Important About My Pet’s Teeth?
by Dr. Julie Wickel
Kitty Owner Questionnaire
Have you noticed your kitty having any of the following?
One of the most neglected health issues in veterinary medicine is dental disease. This may be because owners: simply don’t look in their pet’s mouth, accept that dogs and cats have bad breath, may not know that teeth can be cleaned, don’t realize what a significant problem dental disease is, not realize that their pet’s mouth is painful, may be afraid of anesthesia, do not want to spend the money on teeth cleaning, or it may be a combination of the above.
By the time dogs and cats are three years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease.
Small dogs form tartar more quickly than larger dogs and often need yearly teeth cleanings.
Bad breath is not normal!
Dogs and cats are very good at hiding pain. They can put up with a painful abscessed tooth for a long time and owners may not even realize there is a problem until their pet stops eating, is painful when opening the mouth, or a swelling occurs under the eye.
Infection in the mouth can also go to the heart, lungs, and affect other organs such as the liver and kidneys.
Regular teeth cleanings can help to prevent infection in the mouth and other parts of the body, as well as promote healthy gums and prevent tooth loss.
The more owners do at home, such as brushing teeth, giving dental chews, feeding a special diet, and using gels/mouth rinses, tooth extractions and teeth cleanings are decreased and needed less often.
Dental disease can shorten a pet’s life.
So how do you know if there is a problem?
Bad breath, loose teeth or tooth loss, heavy tartar, pus, decreased appetite, unusual swellings, and pain are all indicators of a problem in the mouth. Obviously, these are late stages of disease which can be caught much earlier with vigilance.
One way to know is to bring your pet in for his regular physical examination every six months. The mouth, gums and teeth are always examined by the veterinarian. With these examinations, dental disease can be caught early before it becomes a serious problem for your pet. Did you know that an examination every six months is equivalent to us going to the doctor once every 3-4 years?
Right now we have a special where, when your pet comes in for an exam, if the Doctor recommends a teeth cleaning and it is performed within 45-days, you receive a discount off of the cleaning.
Why is teeth cleaning so expensive?
Yes, teeth cleaning can be expensive. Just like at your dentist, Claws & Paws uses an ultrasonic scaler and polisher for the teeth. Dental x-rays are taken of the teeth to look for fractures and abscessed teeth underneath the gums. Unlike us, our pets will not keep their mouths open so they do have to be sedated/put under anesthesia. Because of this sedation, pets need pre-anesthetic blood work and sometimes other safety precautions such as IV catheters and fluids, EKGs, and blood pressure monitoring. As you can see, a lot more is needed for pets than what we have to have done for our teeth cleanings. (Some people claim that their pet’s teeth can be cleaned while awake. This is only a superficial cleaning and it cannot clean underneath the gums where a lot of the bacteria live.)
What can I do at home?
Regular brushing is a great way to keep teeth and gums healthy. In order for brushing to be effective, it must be done daily or, at a minimum, every other day. Do not use human toothpaste. There is a special toothpaste for dogs and cats. We have these available at our hospital.
If your pet won’t let you brush his teeth, you can use gels, fell a dental diet, give special chews (such as CET chews), and use water additives and rinses. These are not as good as brushing your pet’s teeth, but they help.
Please see our handout on “Brushing your pet’s teeth” for helpful hints on how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Please do not hesitate to call and talk with one of our friendly staff members about any questions you may have about your pet’s mouth, teeth and health.
- Decreased grooming
- Change in appetite
- Decreased activity
- Crying loudly at night
- Weight loss
- Aged significantly in the past six months
- Walking stiffly
- Not jumping up on furniture
- Urinating and/or defecating outside litter box
- Change in sleep pattern
- Not staying in usual spot or is staying only in one spot
- Increased water drinking
- Increase in urination
- Rapid breathing when resting
- Change in body appearance
- Behavioral changes
We realize that these are a lot of questions. But, you knowing the answers to these will help you and your kitty, and also help us to take better care of your baby!
If you answered yes to one or more of these, please schedule an appointment for a physical examination with one of our Doctors today.
We care about our patients!
by Gerry Thornton
There are a lot of things that we use in our day-to-day routine that can be toxic to our furry friends. It can happen to anyone at any time – even the best of owners.
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) – In dogs, this can cause liver failure. In cats, one pill can be fatal. This should not be used or given to pets for any reason. Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately if you believe your pet has ingested this.
NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) – Can cause gastro-intestinal irritation and ulcers. It can also cause kidney failure if not given properly. This should not be used or given without consulting a veterinarian first. Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately if you believe your pet has ingested this.
Antifreeze (Ethylene glycol) – Fatal to all pets, even in small doses. This product causes kidney failure. It has a sweet taste that attracts pets to it. If you spill any antifreeze, be sure it is cleaned up extremely well before allowing your pets in the area it was spilled. Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately if you believe your pet has ingested this.
Chocolate – Can be very toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate are especially dangerous as they are more concentrated. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be. It causes vomiting, diarrhea, panting, hyperactivity, increased heart rate and rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately if you believe your pet has ingested this.
by Karen Ellis
Not only do we enjoy eating treats, but our pets enjoy eating treats as well. Just like with ourselves, we have to watch what we feed our pets. We offer many healthy treat options here at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®.
A treat we carry that is especially popular among the dogs that come here is our K9 Granola brand. Some of the treats are baked with pumpkin, which has benefits such as anti-oxidants and fiber. We also have some that are baked with coconut oil, which is beneficial to your pets’ skin and coat health. Our Blueberry and our Apple & Cranberry flavors are rich in antioxidants for your pets. The Apricot & Kiwi flavor is a good way to help your pet get some vitamin C. The Tropical Banana flavor is a great way to include potassium in your pets’ diet. If you have a dog that prefers softer treats, we also have some soft baked options. We have a Carrot Cake flavor that is a delicious option – who doesn’t like cake? Further, who doesn’t love birthday cake, because we also have a fantastic new Birthday Cake flavor, as well. These treats smell so good it will make you want to eat them yourself; some of us here have actually tasted them (don’t judge). All of these treats are made in the USA with all natural ingredients.
Educational Tracks (YouTube Channel)
Did you know that Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® has a very extensive YouTube Channel (ClawsAndPawsVet) affectionately referred to as Educational Tracks? As of the publication of this Newsletter (January 2017), we have 46 videos and over 1,000 subscribers and our videos have been viewed more than One Million times.
We work very hard to include educational content, such as What is Included with Your Pet’s Physical Exam at Claws & Paws, How to Properly Clean Your Pet’s Ears, Dental Health and Heartworm Disease. We also have fun videos, such as the staff dancing to We Like to Move It, video montages of pets, the staff completing the Mannequin Challenge and Contest Winner Announcements. We even have Elvis.
Make sure you Subscribe to our channel at www.YouTube.com/user/ClawsAndPawsVet. We will continue to work on providing content to what we believe is a great resource to our clients and anyone who has a pet.
If you have a topic you’d like to see in a future Quarterly Prints Newsletter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see about adding it to a future edition.