Battling the Rise of Periodontal Disease in Pets

Dogs have over 40 adult teeth by the time they reach their first birthday, and cats have 30 permanent teeth by six months of age. These chompers are among their greatest assets. Not only helpful in self-defense, your pet’s teeth help them get the sustenance they need for healthy growth and development.

Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 pets suffer from at least some form of dental disease, so preventing and recognizing the signs of periodontal disease in pets should be a high priority for every pet owner.

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For Fluffy’s Sake: Does Indoor Cat Care Involve Regular Vet Visits?

cat dental carePeople who share their homes with cats are definitely a lucky bunch, but not because they have to visit the vet less. Alarmingly, however, the prevailing perception is that indoor cats require less veterinary attention. Sure, certain risk factors associated with outdoor exploration are significantly reduced, but indoor cat care should still include disease prevention on numerous fronts.

Reasons Why

We know well that cats generally dislike the travel kennel, driving in the car, and leaving their territory. It can be extremely threatening for cats to smell, hear, and see other cats and/or dogs in the waiting room. Now add to this the cost of wellness visits – especially when cats are otherwise healthy – and the draw of the internet to diagnose possible problems.

What’s the result? Fewer cats receiving the support and care necessary to sustain lifelong health and wellness.

Feline Subtleties

Cats not only age much faster than their human owners, but they’re also notoriously skilled at hiding symptoms of illness or injury. In fact, subtle shifts in feline behavior or habits commonly escape the notice of even the most involved owner. Many cats end up suffering from a problem long before they’re actually seen by a vet, but we’re determined to stop this trend.

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The Trouble with Anesthesia-Free Dentistry for Pets

White healthy dog teeth and fangs of young terrier
Anesthesia-free dentistry has become popular for both its occasional reduced cost, as well as the belief that anesthesia is dangerous. While it’s understandable why some owners may choose this option, this form of dentistry for pets can be ineffective at best and risky at worst.

Why Anesthesia-Free Dentistry is Ineffective

Anesthesia-Free Dentistry or “AFD” became a trend in response to pet owner concerns regarding anesthesia. In light of these fears, clinics offered this alternative as a new way to approach dental care. Unfortunately, rather than addressing fear with facts, this practice proliferated. Continue…