If you have old/extra towels or blankets lying around, we can help you with that! We are currently in need of towel and blanket donations, so if you have any that you don’t want/need, we’d love to take them off your hands! We would really appreciate anything that you can spare to make it more comfortable for our patients in the hospital. Just stop by with your donations. Thank you so much!
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to support National Cupcake Day! We raised $110.21 for the SPCAs and humane societies. We really appreciated all the donations and couldn’t have done it without your support. Hopefully next year it will be even bigger and better. Thanks again!
In addition to brushing and regular dental check-ups, good oral health may require a pet food specially formulated to clean teeth such as Prescription Diet® t/d® or Royal Canin Dental. These dental diets are designed to assist in the prevention of accumulation of plaque and tartar in your pets’ mouth by combining a mechanical scrubbing action and tartar and plaque reducing ingredients to provide dual action dental care.
Dental kibble is specially designed not to crumble the way regular kibble does, but rather to hold together longer to scrub each tooth like a toothbrush. The larger kibble size also ensures that your pet’s teeth chew through each kibble, getting cleaned from the tip to the gumline.
Dental diets that we can order in for you:
- Prescription Diet® t/d® (Canine/Feline)
- Purina Veterinary Diets® DH Dental Health® (Canine/Feline)
- Royal Canin Dental (Canine/Feline)
- Science Diet® Oral Care (Canine/Feline)
And remember, just because February/Pet Dental Health month is over doesn’t mean you can’t come in and try any of the products mentioned in today’s and all previous posts. A healthy mouth is a healthy body. Emerging science suggests a strong link between good oral health and heart and kidney health. So, be sure to brush and take care of your pets’ oral health.
Join us for National Cupcake day, next Monday, February 25th! We will be participating in support of SPCAs and Humane Societies. If you would like to help, you can bake cupcakes for us to sell or just stop in and buy a cupcake. You can also make a donation through our team fundraising page. Any little bit would be greatly appreciated. It’s all for a great cause to support local SPCAs and humane societies.
Chew toys help with dental health by removing soft tartar and massaging the gums while also satisfying your pets’ desire to chew and play. There are also rope bones for dogs and netted cat toys, like the ones by Petstages that act like floss, getting in between teeth.
Treats help to boost the natural defenses in your pets’ saliva by providing gentle abrasive action to help remove plaque and food debris while chewing.
We can order in these products for you:
- C.E.T. Veggiedent Tartar Control/HEXtra Premium/Enzymatic Oral Hygeine Chews
- Clenz-a-Dent (Canine only)
- Dermapet DenTees Chews (Canine only)
- Enzadent Oral Care Chews
- Medi-Chews (Canine only)
- Omega Paw Solutions Dental Ring (Canine only)
- Purina Veterinary Diets Dental Chewz (Canine only)
- Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews
- Terrabone Fresh Breath (Canine only)
Dental treats are a great way to entertain your pets while freshening their breaths. You can read more about dog dental treats at WebMD.
Last week our featured dental products were toothpaste and toothbrushes! You can read all about them here.
This week, we’re talking about food and water additives.
Though brushing is the best thing for maintaining your pet’s dental health, don’t despair if you can’t do it. There are other things that can be done!
You can help fight plaque with every sip by adding drinking water additives to your pet’s water bowl. Formulated by veterinary dental specialists, it helps clean teeth by preventing plaque accumulation, reducing germs and bacteria in the mouth and freshening the breath. It is as simple as adding 2 teaspoons to a quart of water.
If you’re interested, we can order in these products for you:
If you’re not sure whether or not your furry, little loved one will take to additives in their water, and you don’t want to commit to a whole bottle of it, you can now pick up a C.E.T. Aquadent sample for only 93 cents (including tax).
There are also food additives available such as Plaque Off®, which is a completely natural product made from seaweed that can significantly help reduce dental plaque and tartar and improve breath in cats and dogs. When the ingredients are absorbed into the blood via the digestion and enters the saliva, they effectively prevent accumulation of plaque by affecting the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth. Existing tartar becomes porous, loosens by itself or can be easily removed by brushing or cleaning.
Next week we will be featuring dental chews/treats, so be sure to check it out on our website. Stop in today and see what you can add to your pets’ dental health routine!
Just a reminder, we will be closed next Monday on February 18th, 2013 for Family Day. Regular office hours resume on Tuesday.
Tue: 9AM – 6PM
Wed: 9AM – 6PM
Thurs: 9AM – 5PM
Fri: 9AM – 6PM
Sat: 9AM – Noon
If you have an emergency, you can still call us at our regular phone number. We will have an emergency on-call service in place. Just leave a message in our voice mail and we will call you back as soon as possible.
We have recently started a Belmont Veterinary Services newsletter.
Each week for the month of February, we will be featuring a dental product to help with your dental regime at home.
Brushing is the basis of all dental care regimes! Daily brushing is the best way to protect your pet’s dental health and through regular tooth brushing, you can catch developing oral
Plaque is a film of mucus and bacteria that accumulate on the teeth. Continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth causes the plaque to mineralize and form calculus or tartar. The most effective means for controlling plaque is by brushing the teeth.
“Tooth brushing results in the disruption of plaque that adheres to the tooth, especially along the gum line,” explains Gary J. Spodnick, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Chief of Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, in Cary, North Carolina. “A variety of pet dentifrices (toothpastes) are available but the most important thing is not what brand is used to brush the teeth, but that the teeth are brushed. It is the mechanical action of brushing that is most effective at removing the plaque.”
Many pet toothpastes available here at the Belmont Veterinary Services contain enzymes which help inhibit the formation of plaque and are available in several flavours that your pets are sure to love. You can stop is today and pick up a sample of C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste (poultry) to try for only $1.07 +tax. Also, oral gels are available that can be applied to the gum line, with zinc gluconate and chlorhexidine digluconate, which both act to freshen breath and have anti-microbial action which kills plaque-producing bacteria.
Toothbrushes are also important in brushing your pets’ teeth. There are a variety of different tooth brushes available from regular children’s’ toothbrushes to pet toothbrushes to finger brushes. It may just take time for you to figure out what works best for you. For some, even just a piece of gauze may be just as helpful. Q-tips may also be used to apply toothpaste onto the tooth and may be better tolerated in cats.
The “do”s and “don’t”s of brushing:
- DO brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week. (Daily is even better!)
- DO make teeth brushing an enjoyable experience for you and your pet.
- DON’T use “human” toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Unlike humans, pets swallow the toothpaste, which may lead to stomach upset.
- DO replace your pet’s toothbrush at least every three months, or when the bristles become frayed.
- DON’T ignore “doggy breath” and assume that it’s normal.
Today is the 1st of February which marks the start of Pet Dental Health Month! 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. There are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner such as brushing their teeth, feeding them a dental diet, dental chews/treats and/or drops/mouthwashes.
Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow-brown crust on teeth
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Change in chewing or eating habits
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Loose, broken or abscessed teeth
- Abnormal drooling
If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can even spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet’s health.
For the month of February, if your pet has a dental done at the Belmont Veterinary Services, you can get 15% off* and your pet will go home with a free dental kit including a sample of poultry-flavoured toothpaste, toothbrush, a sample of Hill’s Prescription T/D diet and lots of interesting reading material on how you can ensure your pet’s dental health. So call today!
*The cost of medication, pre-anesthetic blood work, microchipping, IV fluids and extractions is extra.