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Just as humans need annual physicals, pets also require regular physical exams. Animals cannot speak when in pain, so many health conditions can go unnoticed for a long time. It can be challenging for pet parents to know when their furry family members are hurting or uncomfortable. It is hard to pick up symptoms of illness, which is why wellness exams are essential. They allow the vet to detect or diagnose ailments before they become serious.
Periodontal disease describes an inflammation of the gums or tissues surrounding the teeth. The entire mouth is affected if the tooth's support system is affected. If left untreated, dogs suffer from periodontal disease, which can cause oral and health complications.
It’s a beautiful morning on Mount Rushmore. You’re roller skating on Thomas Jefferson’s nose with Johnny Depp, Ringo Starr and your late uncle Bernie. Johnny is about to execute a perfect triple-axel when suddenly everything starts shaking and you sit up in bed. Is it an earthquake?! No, it’s Buttercup, scratching like a maniac and shaking the bed. AGAIN. That’s the third time this week! You can banish her from the bedroom and go back to sleep, but that won’t solve her problem.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of pet ownership is that we cannot ask our pets questions. Well we can ask, but we are unlikely to get a useful response. For instance, I’d love to know why my dog Gracie licks the living room couch to the point of drenching it. Or why my poodle mix lies on the end of my bed and growls at the floor. Is she angry at it? Has it wronged her somehow? Would she have preferred a darker finish? I’ve asked her, but she’s not talking. Dogs and cats are maddeningly tight-lipped when it comes to Q & A sessions.
As the holidays approach, most pet owners are too busy worrying about pumpkin pie, stuffing, and how to keep Aunt Edna away from the eggnog to think much about how the festivities will affect their pets. However, the holidays are a very busy time for veterinarians because they can pose some pretty serious health risks to animals. Nobody wants to spend a holiday at the vet’s office, so here are a few common hazards to avoid.