February News and Views: Dental Month

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Benny’s “Big Dental Day” at IVS

Happy February everyone! Did you know that February is one of my favorite months? Because it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14 and it’s Dental Month at IVS. We love dental month at IVS because we get to make sure all my friends have health mouths. Please take the time to view our video. Check out my Veterinary friends, Dr. Oakley and Dr. Snyder as they make my friend, Benny, look wonderful and feel great. Special treat ahead. Check our Facebook page as we show you before and after pictures of all my friends getting dentals in February.

Have any questions about dentistry, visit our website and choose “well pet care” and check out our everyday low prices!!

Watch for pictures of my big dental day in February.

Love and Kisses from me, Lizzie!

Dental Cleaning Packages at IVS

Your pets need dental care too! Dental hygiene is just as important to your pet’s overall heath as things like nutrition, proper exercise and routine grooming. Help keep your pet healthy – pay attention to those pearly whites!

IVS has Dental Packages to help our clients insure the health of their pets.

Dental Package includes:

  • Before and After pictures
  • A complete physical exam by a veterinarian
  • Home dental care kit
  • Blood testing to determine anesthesia safety
  • IV catheter & fluids
  • Isoflurane anesthesia & monitoring
  • Probing and charting of the teeth
  • Scaling & polishing of the teeth with fluoride treatment
  • Digital dental radiographs
  • Antibiotic and pain injections

Dental Package Prices
Canine/Feline (under 25 lbs.) $581.00
Canine (26-50 lbs.) $676.00
Canine (51-80 lbs.) $726.00
Canine (over 81 lbs.) $776.00

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Can you imagine what your teeth would be like if you didn’t brush them for a year? Talk about bad breath! Considering your pet can’t brush his own teeth, this is kind of what he experiences. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great reminder that dental health is more than just teeth; your pet’s oral hygiene affects his overall health. Diseases of the mouth can often be painful and can contribute to additional problems. Having regular dental checkups and having your pet’s teeth cleaned are important to ensuring a positive quality of life.

You can help by taking an active role in your pet’s dental health care.

  • Learn to brush your pet’s teeth. Below is a quick video demonstrating how to brush both your dog and cat’s teeth. It’s best to start at an early age, but adult dogs and cats can learn to tolerate brushing. Use specially-formulated toothpaste, because the kind for humans may upset your pet’s stomach.
  • Feed your pet a high-quality diet. Here at IVS we offer, Hills Prescription Diet T/D.
  • Provide chew toys that stimulate gums and help clean teeth.

IVS Donates $1,088 to the Irvine Animal Care Center

During the months of December and November, IVS pledged a $1.00 donation for each Bath/Groom and Boarder to the Irvine Animal Care Center. IVS would like to thank all our clients for their generosity and your commitment to pets in helping IVS support the Irvine Animal Care Center. For more information on the Irvine Animal Care Center, please visit their website at www.irvineshelter.org.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Problems

Dental disease is as common in pets as it is in humans. The most common form of dental disease in humans is caries (cavities). However, this is not the case in our pets. The most common form of canine and feline dental disease is tartar buildup. This causes irritation of the gums around the base of the teeth (gingivitis), resulting in exposure of the roots. Ultimately, this leads to infection and tooth loss.

  • A change in eating habit: Dogs and cats usually eat heartily. However, if they have pain in their mouth, they eat slowly and sometimes drop food that is too large or difficult to chew. They may also chew on only one side of the mouth.
  • Appetite loss: If the pain in the mouth is too severe, the pet will stop eating altogether.
  • Excessive drooling: Drooling is a sign of pain. If your pet suddenly drools a lot, be sure to check inside his mouth for possible dental problems.
  • Other Signs of Pain You will also notice other signs indicating that the pet is in pain, such as pawing at the mouth, lethargy, and reluctance to play or move.
  • Bad breath: The most common causes of bad breath in pets are periodontal disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis. If your pet has bad breath and is drooling excessively, there is a high chance that he is suffering from some form of dental problems.
  • Redness: A pet with periodontal disease has gums that have turned red. That is the result of inflammation of the gums – there is an increase in blood supply and an influx of white blood cells to fight infection.
  • Bleeding: Pets with dental problems bleed easily (sometimes even when eating) because inflammation can weaken the walls of the blood vessels.
  • Swelling: Dental problems can cause swellings which can occur in the mouth itself – check the gums around the edges of the teeth and higher up and deep under the lips. Swellings can also occur on the face just below the eye. Sometimes these can be linked to tooth root abscesses.

IVS Foster Dogs, Looking for their Forever Homes

We are pleased to announce all our available dogs and cats have been adopted. Please visit the Irvine Animal Care Center at www.irvineshelter.org for a list of available animals at the shelter.

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