Canyon Animal Clinic
Meet Jazz! This sweet kitty came in with sores on both ears that turned out to be a type of skin cancer! Dr. Leakey decided to crop the ears, removing the cancer, to prevent Jazz from having the constant painful sores! He did great and is on the mend!
Canyon City Animal Hospital
This is Punkin! Punkin had to come see Dr. Bullock because he had crystals building up in his urine/bladder, preventing him from urinating. After treatment, he is now feeling better and back to snuggling with mom!
February Is National Veterinary Dental Month!
February 2014 – Dr. Ryan Bullock
Because this month is “National Dental Month”, I figured it would be a great time to review why dental cleanings are so important in pets and to help you determine if your pet may be in need of one.
Have you ever flipped your pet’s lip up to look at their teeth? If you see a noticeable line of yellow tartar on the gum line, reddened gums, and some smelly breath, then it’s probably time take him/her to see your vet to see if they need a dental cleaning. Pets don’t brush their teeth 2-3 times a day like we do, so they are bound to get tartar buildup… which leads to gingivitis… and so on. A dental cleaning is not just brushing the teeth, it’s cleaning the tartar off the teeth with a ultrasonic scaler similar to what is used during a human dental cleaning. The teeth are then polished, normally with some type of sealant to help prevent tartar buildup from reoccurring as quickly. In more severe cases, tooth extractions might be indicated to prevent further infection. Dogs require anesthesia for this procedure, so it is normally an all day affair in which you drop them off at the clinic in the morning, and then take them home that afternoon.
The reason why this is so important is that bacteria grow under the line of tartar in pet’s mouths. This bacteria cause damage to the tooth enamel, gingival recession, bad breath, and discomfort with eating and drinking. The bacterial infection can also lead to tooth root abscesses and get into the blood stream and cause infections of the heart valves, liver, and kidneys. Generally speaking, small breed dogs will have dental disease earlier and more often than large breed dogs.
Brushing, dental chews, and dental diets are the best ways to prevent tartar buildup. But, once the tartar is present, a professional dental cleaning is the most effective way to clean if off. Most of our clients are impressed with how much better their pet seems to feel with their new healthy mouths, especially those that had more serious dental disease. If you have been putting off getting your pet’s teeth cleaned, this month may be a great time to do it as many hospitals (including ours) offer significant discounts all month to encourage pet owners to give their pets a healthy mouth!