Posts from August, 2016
Our pets benefit from dental care just like we do. What happens if you don’t brush your teeth for a day, a week, a month, a year? Can you imagine the smell, the gum swelling, the buildup? That is what happens to our pets.
Plaque forms daily. Layers upon layers over time form hard, concrete-like calculus. The calculus causes the gums to become inflamed, called gingivitis. This is a dark red line that starts at the edge of the gum where it meets the tooth. Then the inflammation spreads to the bone that holds the teeth in place, and becomes periodontal disease.
Many of us have heard our dentists tell us we have pockets or receding gums, which is periodontal disease. Once this occurs, the process cannot be reversed, but can be stopped. Without intervention, the bone loss causes loosening of the tooth. The entire process is painful, leads to infection, and loss of the tooth.
What can you do to prevent this?
Brushing with pet- appropriate toothpaste. Cypress Creek Pet Care has toothpaste in vanilla-mint, chicken and salmon flavors that are okay for pets to swallow. Let us show you!
Routine check-ups. Every annual wellness exam at Cypress Creek Pet Care includes a full mouth exam. Let our doctors assess when your pet needs a professional cleaning.
Regular cleanings and x-rays – We humans see our dentists at least yearly, and some of us go in more often than that. Regular cleanings under the gum line will remove the calculus and x-rays assess problems below the gum line. Anesthesia is needed to fully clean those hard to reach places and perform x-rays. Dogs and cats won’t say “AHHHHH” for the hour or more it takes to perform these procedures. Dental health month is October. Give us a call to make your pet’s appointment.
Stay away from hard TOYS . Any toy or chew that won’t bend or allow the tooth to sink or break like safety glass (Greenies) will fracture a tooth, even just the tip, eventually. Good toys and chews include Kongs, Gumabones, rope chews, greenies, and soft raw hides. At CCPC, we carry a special rawhide, made by CET, that has the same enzymes in it as the toothpaste. Come on in for a sample.
For more information about dental disease. check out What to Expect if your Pet needs Dental Care
Cats are very special animals. They are solitary, yet social. They bond closer to places than people. Dogs are almost the opposite. Therefore, when cats feel stress or change in their world, they will change the two things that they do control: where they urinate and defecate.
We as their caregivers need to be detectives and try to figure out what the cat wants. Maybe they are already telling us they want more boxes, in more quiet places, not in the laundry room which has lots of traffic, and funny detergent smells. Maybe they don’t like to feel trapped in a box with a cover. Does Kitty want a shorter box because her joints have arthritis?
Sometimes inexpensive aluminum trays can be used while determining what the cat wants. These are inexpensive and can be folded over to a good height for the cat. If kids or dogs might get into the box, a cardboard box that is larger than the litter can be placed over it and a hole cut for the cat. Many companies also make furniture for litter boxes- the sky is the limit!
We must also be mindful that medical issues can make a cat not want to use their box. Lower urinary tract inflammation, infections, bladder stones, kidney diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases can be uncomfortable. The cat then associates the discomfort with the box.
A good diagnostic plan involves getting samples of the offending substances and ruling out medical issues before behavioral ones. Getting to the cause early in an issue such as elimination disorders is crucial. Once housesoiling becomes a habit, it is harder to stop. Let us know how we can help.
I am new to Cedar Park and needed to find a new vet for my pets, one of whom has special needs. As soon as I took the tour, I was hooked. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the cleanest vet clinic I've been in.-Chelaine
Loved the TLC and patience given!-Kathy
The staff and Dr.'s are always friendly and we are taken back almost as soon as we get there.-Anonymous
I have been coming to Dr. Schubert for 8 years and she has shown nothing but genuine concern and caring for my animals, through life and death. The staff is also personable and caring, always putting your pet first.-Anonymous
You definitely get the feeling as though they treat your pet as if it were their own.-Sean
We are new to having a fur companion and had lots of questions and concerns regarding our puppy. CCPC addressed the ones that we could remember along with what to expect and their recommendations. -Christel
My pets are part of my family, and Dr. Bouloy really understands. He and his staff are always caring and never too busy to make me and my furry babies feel like we are their main priority. I always leave with a comforted feeling!-Katie
We did not see a Dr...we brought our doggies for grooming and they were in need of attention! She did a GREAT job with both of them and we shall be coming on schedule now that we found her. Thank You!-Carol