March 2017 : Pet Dental Check-Ups and Itchy Feet | Smile Like You Mean It


Smile Like You Mean It

Welcoming Spring into our lives!!

Do you feel it? Despite the rain and the wind I FEEL that something fresh and new is coming!

Our friends at the Irvine Animal Care Center know spring is coming because they are seeing beautiful new kittens being born! On my walks with my Dad I am hearing baby birds in the trees, and a few new blossoms are appearing on my favorite trees.

Besides Halloween, this IS my favorite time of year!

So… enough with the fun stuff!

I am here to remind you that this is STILL the BEST time of year to get us to the Vet to get our TEETH checked!

We have done a lot of dentals this February and have helped MANY of my friends feel better and FEEL LIKE THEY ARE BRAND NEW!!

If one of my friends is not feeling their best at this PERFECT time of year when we feel that ANYTHING is possible, it is time to book a pet check-up for a visit with one of our EXCELLENT and caring Veterinarians!

Look at one of my favorite pictures of me and my brother Ulysses below! Just look at our smiles!

Each new spring makes us want to CELEBRATE special moments with our special friends!

Welcome all the things that a new year and a new spring can bring! Celebrate our good health!

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!!!


Walther’s Birthday Exam

My kitty Walther just turned 2 on February 20th. During his annual physical exam, the Doctor noted he has a fair amount of gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Everything else checked out wonderful. Poor Walther had some health issues as a kitten which may have resulted in this early dental disease. Of the 4 stages of pet dental disease with 1 being mild and 4 being advanced, Walther is somewhere between 1 and 2.

Dental disease not only affects his teeth. The bacteria can also affect his internal organs, so I see a dental cleaning in his future. Cats and dogs just won’t stay still for a ‘thorough’ dental cleaning, so he would be asleep during the procedure, which would include: pre-anesthetic blood work, I.V. catheter and fluids, anestesia, dedicated monitoring of all his vitals, full mouth x-rays, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatment, post-op monitoring and any needed medications. He would be back in his cozy bed the same day, maybe with a complimentary toothbrush and poultry flavored toothpaste. Yum.

Walther and I have plans for many, many happy, healthy years together, so I consider this insurance for his long-term health and well-being.

Thank you IVS for being there for Walther.




Not Just for The Dogs… 

Did you know just like humans, cats have 2 sets of teeth in their lifetime? Their first set is their kitten teeth or “milk teeth.” These tend to fall out and by about 6 months old, their adult teeth or permanent teeth have grown in.

Did you also know that you can brush your cat’s teeth just like you brush your own? Personally, my cat likes the chicken flavored pet toothpaste. I’ll stick to my minty toothpaste! We can show you how to do this! Just call to schedule for your free teeth brush demonstration today!

You should have your cat’s dental disease status evaluated at least once a year by a veterinarian. Cats are masters at disguising discomfort and pain. Regular dental cleanings like you receive by your dentist are incredibly important to the lifespan of your cat. Whereas it’s recommended we get ours every 6 months, your veterinarian will tell you what is appropriate for you cat. Usually a cleaning is recommended every 1-2 years.

So, what can you do to keep dental disease controlled?

  1. Annual dental check-ups which is usually combined with their normal annual visit.
  2. Daily teeth brushing at home.
  3. Scheduled anesthetic dental cleanings.

Keep your kitty smiling!

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No More Itchy Feet for Bella!

Hi, my name is Bella. Like Lizzie, I am a Brussels Griffon.  In addition to being a cancer survivor and requiring double knee surgery by the age of 5, I have suffered from allergies my whole life.  Believe it or not, I am allergic to grass! At my worst point I had infected ears, eyes, paws, and my skin had scabs all over.

My mom spent some time researching dog allergies and put me on a clean diet, purified water, and special shampoo baths.  This made a big difference however I still chewed my paws.  It gets worse during seasonal changes and rain. I lick and chew my paws so much that the fur on them have turned red.  That is until we met our neighbor Tara who told us about the CADI injection. WOW, is all I have to say. I am 10 years old and I feel like a new dog!  Within 24 hours my paws stopped itching and I did not feel the need to lick them.  After a few weeks, I even noticed the fur on my paws losing the red tinge. Instead of chewing my paws all day I am enjoying leisurely siestas or nuzzling up with my mom. For me, CADI has been a miracle. I haven’t felt this good in a long time!



Meet Julia!

She’s been grooming since 2009. Julia loves to be creative when grooming, but is also well versed in breed standard cuts. Julia is our University Park’s feline groomer. Animals fill her heart with joy. A day well done, are all the days she goes home full of fur! Call to schedule your Meet & Greet appointment with Julia today!


Superstar of the Month: Remy

Irvine Animal Care Center | 6443 Oak Canyon | Irvine, CA 92618 | Phone: 949-724-7740

Remy is a beautiful cat who is just plain company.  She is a 6 year old, spayed female, Tortie Domestic Longhair.  Remy loves attention, but also enjoys an afternoon sunning by herself.  Remy is a great cat and will give you cues when she needs a little break.  If you are looking for a steady companion, look no further than Remy.

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