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Flip the Lip: Recognizing Dental Disease in Pets

Periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed preventable disease in dogs and cats. By age three, nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease, which can lead to more severe health problems.

There are strong links between gum disease and heart disease in humans and animals, so prevention is the key. Here’s why:

Get down on their level. Flip the lip. Take a close look at the REAL condition of their teeth.

Are their gums pink and healthy, or red and inflamed?
Can you see discolorations on the teeth or at the gum line?
Is there evidence of any loose, cracked, or broken teeth?

We’re betting there’s a lot more going on in there than you realized. Luckily, it’s National Pet Dental Health Month, so pet parents can save $50 off a dental cleaning for Fido or Fluffy at any AZPetVet location.  We’ll even help you create a simple, regular home care plan for keeping doggy and kitty grins brighter.

 

Stop Procrastinating – Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

Cat vet visitAccording to CatFriendly.com, 83 percent of cats make a visit to the vet during their first year. We believe 100 percent is a goal worth working for, however, there’s a problem much bigger than that 17 percent gap.

More than 50 percent of the kitties that got those important checkups and vaccinations before age one won’t see a vet again until they’re sick or in pain. Fifty percent.

Why Postponing the Vet Visit is a BAD Idea

Regular Checkups Make Purr-fect Sense and Help Lower the Lifetime Cost of Care

Domesticated cats also tend to be indoor cats, so their potential exposure to diseases carried by other animals or pests is lower than that of an outdoor or feral cat. This decreased risk somehow translates into fewer vet visits. This is NOT the way to go about keeping pets healthy.

Here’s why: Cats are notorious for hiding when they’re not feeling well or in pain. In fact, they’ve practically perfected the art of hiding potentially harmful symptoms until they can’t any longer.

Regular wellness checkups can help your vet detect health changes in your cat. Early detection means problems can be treated BEFORE they become chronic health conditions that may require potentially expensive treatment.

Benefits of Routine Wellness Checks for Cats

So consider this your reminder: today is National BRING YOUR CAT TO THE VET DAY. While you’re thinking about it, call your vet and book the appointment. You’ll be glad you did.

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Leptospirosis: What Pet Parents Need to Know

leptospirosisLeptospirosis outbreaks in the Valley of the Sun have been on the rise in recent months. While leptospirosis is more common in warm climates with high annual rainfall, it can occur anywhere, even in the desert. Here’s what you need to know to keep your pets healthy and safe:

WHAT IS LEPTOSPIROSIS? Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria, which lives in soil and water. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS? Common risk factors for dogs include exposure to or drinking from rivers, lakes or streams; roaming on rural properties; exposure to wild animal or farm animal species, even if in the backyard; and contact with rodents or other dogs.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD? Dogs can become infected if mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs may include: Fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, changes in the frequency or amount of urination, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), or painful inflammation within the eyes. The disease can cause kidney failure with or without liver failure.

Dogs may occasionally develop severe lung disease and have difficulty breathing. Leptospirosis can cause bleeding disorders, which can lead to blood-tinged vomit, urine, stool or saliva; nosebleeds; and pinpoint red spots (which may be visible on the gums and other mucous membranes or on light-colored skin). Affected dogs can also develop swollen legs (from fluid accumulation) or accumulate excess fluid in their chest or abdomen.

PREVENTION: Vaccines can effectively prevent leptospirosis and help protect dogs for at least 12 months, and annual vaccinations are recommended for at-risk dogs. Your AZPetVet healthcare team can help protect your pet against leptospirosis and other diseases. Find a location near you.

TREATMENT: Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics. Treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage. Although an infected pet dog presents a low risk of infection for you and your family, there is still some risk. If your dog has been diagnosed with leptospirosis, take the following precautions to protect yourself:

  • Administer antibiotics as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Avoid contact with your dog’s urine.
  • If your dog urinates in your home, quickly clean the area with a household disinfectant and wear gloves to avoid skin contact with the urine.
  • Encourage your dog to urinate away from standing water or areas where people or other animals will have access.
  • Wash your hands after handling your pet.

SOURCE: American Veterinary Medical Association

It’s National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day

There’s nothing quite like a puppy to cheer you up (unless you’re team cat all the way). Since it’s National Puppy Day, here are five things we love about puppies!

1/ Puppies are CUTE! Seriously, who can resist their little faces?

2/ Puppy Breath! Sweet and milky, no stinky plaque or tartar. 

3/ Puppies are adorably clumsy. They’ll keep you laughing.

4/ Puppies are like therapists in a fur suit. They’re natural stress relievers.

5/ They’re PUPPIES!!! Find one, and give them some love today.

Keep up with your dogs dental health.

Happy Valley Animal Hospital’s Dr. Victor Saltzman explains that about 50% of pets that come in their Glendale pet dental & veterinary clinic have dental disease. About 80% of the time the dog dental disease cannot be seen from just a regular exam.

Without proper dog dental cleaning or chewing the bacteria-filled tarter turns into a hard cement-like material coating your dogs teeth. The bacteria then gets under their gums and can causes abscesses. Additionally, the bacteria can get into your pets bloodstream and cause problems with their internal organs, which could reduce your pets life by up to 25 percent.

The good news is that you can help to prevent pet dental disease with proper canine dental cleaning at your local Arizona pet dental and veterinary clinic.