PEACE OF MIND
PEACE OF MIND
It is hard to believe a month has passed since my first blog hit the World Wide Web. My hope is that many were enlightened as to the importance of having pets spayed or neutered. The topic of discussion this month is oral health care. Sadly, many pet owners do not recognize the need for preventative dental care until it is too late. I myself lost an upper canine tooth, leaving me with an awkward smile.
Proper oral hygiene is just as important for your pets as it is for you. Bacteria in the mouth forms plaque on the tooth surface and without intervention will lead to gingivitis and the accumulation of tarter. Left untreated, my feline and canine friends will not only be at risk of losing teeth, but bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and/or kidney disease. Not to mention halitosis (there I go using big words again!).
Protecting your pet’s pearly whites has become easier over the last few years. Along with annual veterinary exams, prevention consists of using products to reduce bacteria in the mouth and hence slowing the accumulation of plaque. This can be accomplished by using oral rinses, drinking water additives and/or toothpaste. Also available are enzyme treated dental chews and treats.
Routinely do a breath check on your pet as this is usually the first sign a problem may be brewing. Unfortunately, once tarter has accumulated a professional scaling and polishing will need to be performed under general anesthesia. For more information please call and speak with one my knowledgeable staff members.
Let me introduce myself, I am Cougar, Ruler of the Universe! Okay, okay I admit that may be a stretch of my own imagination. However, I definitely rule my world at Lake Country Animal Hospital. Two years ago, my friends at Lake Country gave me a second chance at life. Facing euthanasia, they embraced me and called me their own. Since then I have gained a working knowledge of veterinary medicine and what it takes to give your pet a happy and healthy life. So please allow me to enlighten you as to what I see through my ever so crossed eyes.
My first topic will be on pet overpopulation. To spay or not to spay, that is the question! The answer is simple, YES! Every year thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized at our area shelters and animal hospitals because they are left homeless or surrendered by their so called owners. Many others are left on the streets to fend for themselves falling victim to disease, trauma and untimely deaths. Just take a look at the pyramid chart below and realize how many cats will be produced from just one un-spayed female cat.
Those figures are astounding! (big word for a feline, huh?) Plus, have you seen what childbirth can do to a gal’s body? Yikes!!!
Having your pets neutered will also reduce their desire to roam away from home in search of love in all the wrong places. Females that are spayed prior to their first heat cycle have a decreased likelihood of developing hormone related cancers and eliminates the risk of uterine infections. As for the guys, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and prostate disease is less likely to occur.
Thank goodness my staff here at Lake Country recognized the need to reduce the pet overpopulation and took action. In turn they decided to reduce the cost of having your pet spayed or castrated (OUCH!). Just last year they altered over 500 pets not including those that were part of the spay/neuter clinics that we held.
If you have further questions about the benefits of neutering your pets, please feel free to stop by our office or give us a call at 252-308-1882.
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