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Preventing Periodontal Disease in Pets: Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Periodontal disease is a common dental condition that affects pets, just like it does humans. It refers to an inflammation and infection of the structures that support the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone. Neglecting your pet's oral hygiene can lead to the development of periodontal disease, causing pain, discomfort, and even tooth loss.

Dental Procedures for Senior Pets: What to Expect and How to Prepare

As your pet enters their twilight years, you may start to notice changes in their health, particularly their dental health. Dental health for senior pets requires additional attention because as they age, their teeth and gums can deteriorate, leading to discomfort and potential health issues.

Pet Urgent Care vs. Regular Vet Visits: Understanding the Difference

Pets, just like us, require regular health maintenance and check-ups to ensure they're thriving. Regular vet visits offer an opportunity for early detection of potential health issues, preventive care, and comprehensive health assessments. On the other hand, pet urgent care is a specialized service designed to handle emergencies that can't wait for a regular vet appointment.

7 Signs That Your Pet Needs to be Groomed

Pet grooming is not just about making your pet look good, but it is also about maintaining their overall health and well-being. Regular grooming helps to prevent various health issues, including skin infections, overgrown nails, and tangled fur.

How to Choose the Right Pet Boarding Facility

Leaving your pet behind when going on vacation does not have to be stressful. Getting a pet sitter may not be ideal for a pet that does not like being alone.

5 Reasons Pet Exams Are Important

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.

What Happens If Periodontal Disease Goes Untreated in Dogs?

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. 

How to Take Care of Your Dog After Surgery

If your dog has just undergone surgery, you need to know how to care for them to help them get better sooner. Generally, dogs recover from abdominal or soft-tissue surgeries faster than those that involve ligaments, bones, or joints. 

Itching and Allergies

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.

Outside the Box: Feline House Soiling

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.

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