March 2014 News & Views: Dental Care Makes For Happier, Healthier Pets!

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‘Free Dental Exams’ extended through March at IVS!

LIZZIE-DOGTORThank you and congratulations to all our special clients that have taken the time to bring their pet into IVS for FREE dental exams this past February!

We have performed over 100 complimentary dental exams and ‘kissability’ tests at IVS, and scheduled and performed many dentals on pets that needed them.

So……Extended by client request -FREE Dental exams with our IVS Tech team will be available through March! Just e-mail us or call us to schedule your free exam with our Tech staff!

The ‘best news’ ever is that clients are telling us how much better their pets feel post dental!

Thank you to Jill, our IVS newsletter editor for collecting these GREAT client stories!!

Don’t delay! Make sure to bring in your favorite friend for a free dental exam this March!

Happy Spring to all my friends-

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!

Dental Care Makes for Happier, Healthier Pets!


Please enjoy these wonderful stories from our clients about their pets improved health!


Meet ‘Treana’

TREANA_DENTAL-STORYTreana is a good example of why all pets need to have an annual dental exam. Her tartar wasn’t that bad, but she had a lot of gum inflammation above certain teeth, mainly the back molars. The bones she would chew helped keep her tartar levels down, unfortunately, she already had dental disease above the gum line.

We followed up with Treana’s owner after her dental cleaning to see how she was doing post dental:

“A week before her dental appointment, Treana had stopped chewing on the bones we would give her, which she would normally eat. We knew something was not quite right and thought her teeth might need some help. We took her to a place for her teeth cleaning where they don’t require putting her under; they refused to do the cleaning, informing us that Treana needed to go to the vet as her mouth had become infected. She seems better now than before the treatment. She is an older dog, and has some arthritic issues, but she now has way more energy than before– she wants to go for her walks, she wants to play, and now chews on her toys and bones. We can tell she is in less pain now than before her dental treatment.”

Meet ‘Chester’

CHESTER_DENTAL-STORYChester was acting off a bit and frequently hiding, which can be a sign that he was in pain. His tests came back normal, so Dr. Keng suggested his mouth might be causing the issue. After giving him a dental exam, Chester was rated as a 3-point dental, meaning he had moderate periodontitis, and it was apparent he had two teeth causing him pain.

We followed up with Chester’s owner after his dental cleaning to see how he was doing post dental:

“I brought Chester in for his Senior Check-up because he was a bit lethargic and didn’t seem well at all. His tests all came back normal. That is when Dr. Keng mentioned his teeth, and told me that two of them were bothering him, and that they may need to come out. She informed me about cat teeth and what happens as cats get older. I decided to take a couple days to think about what to do about Chester’s teeth, during that time I noticed he was having a hard time eating his food. So, I decided to go ahead with the dental treatment. He had the tops of the two teeth removed, and Dr. Keng informed me that the roots would just dissipate after that. He had laser treatment after the surgery to help with the healing and pain, and I was given medicine to have Chester take at home. Dr. Keng is outstanding! She is very knowledgeable, and she taught me a lot about senior cat teeth. I am much better informed now than before, and Chester is a much happier kitty. He no longer has any pain, and is eating normally, both his dry and wet food.”

Meet ‘Gizmo’

GIZMO_DENTAL-STORYGizmo, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, wasn’t eating very well, and was very picky about his food. Upon initial inspection, we noticed right away that he had recessed gums and really bad breath. Dr. Keng graded him as having 3-4 point stage of dental disease, meaning that he had pretty significant dental disease, showing signs of bad breath, loose teeth, gum recession, and bleeding easily when touched. Her recommendation was to schedule Gizmo for a dental cleaning.

We followed up with Gizmo’s owner after his dental cleaning to see how he was doing post dental:

“We noticed that Gizmo had really bad breath, but at the time we were not sure if he was in pain or not. Now, looking back we think he might have been in pain, because he is eating double now than what he ate before. His appetite has definitely improved since the treatment, and it is much easier to get him to eat his food and treats. Also, his breath is much better now than before.”

Meet ‘Puffy’

PUFFY_DENTAL-STORYLike humans, some pets are predisposed to dental problems, and this is why it is important to have your pet come in every year for a dental exam. Puffy had a 3-4 point dental disease rating, meaning he had moderate to advanced periodontitis, and had to have two teeth removed. Immediately after the dental treatment, Puffy started eating and feeling better.

We followed up with Puffy’s owner after his dental cleaning to see how he was doing post dental:

“I had brought Puffy in a couple of years earlier for a dental treatment. My other cat seems to be fine, but Puffy just has bad teeth. He stopped eating his dry food, and I could see that his gums were bleeding. He is definitely doing better now, but the sad part is he had to have another two teeth pulled again, so he is running out of teeth. He is eating better now and seems to no longer be having pain issues with his mouth.”

Meet ‘Benny’

BENNY_DENTAL-STORYBenny is the perfect example of a nice routine dental. He comes in annually, before the tartar gets bad. Because of his regular care, he has never had to have an extraction.

We followed up with Benny’s owner about his visit and why dental care is so important to her, and here is what she had to say:

“Every time I’d bring Benny in for a visit, I would ask Dr. Keng if it was time for his dental cleaning, and she would give him an oral exam and say not yet. When he finally came due, she said it was time to book his dental cleaning, so I did. Benny gets his teeth cleaned every 1 to 1 ½ years.

I personally have dental problems, so dental care is never too far from the top of my mind. Also, I know friends who have pets who have lost some of their teeth, and I would rather Benny keep all of his, so I keep up with his dental cleanings regularly.”

At Home Dental Care

DOG-GETTING-TEETH-BRUSHEDWe recommend starting at home dental care as early as possible, as puppies and kittens will grow-up used to having their teeth cleaned and checked and make it easier for owners to do the task at hand. Routine home dental care can help maintain a clean, fresh mouth and help promote the long term oral health of your pet.

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to help prevent dental disease. Brushing should be done daily, as plaque that sits on the teeth for more than 48hrs becomes tartar which is permanent and will require professional cleaning to have it removed.


Watch our ‘How To’ Video for Tips on Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Take Advantage of our Extended Offer!

Has it been awhile since your pet has had a dental exam? Not sure if your furry friend needs a dental cleaning? The majority of dental problems are invisible to the naked eye, so it’s important to have your pet visit their veterinarian for a complete dental exam.



Contact either of our two Irvine locations
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What You Will Get With Your FREE DENTAL EXAM


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