March News and Views: Dental Month

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My ‘Big Dental’ Day cancelled! Yeah!

I got the best news today!

Dr. Ashbran did a dental exam on me and told me I DO NOT NEED a Dental today!

I am going to turn 5 this year and I thought for SURE that I needed a teeth cleaning right away. Turns out that I am a very lucky dog.

Most of the time small breed dogs like me need MORE frequent dentals EARLIER than larger breed dogs. However, I DO have mild tarter on my back teeth, molars and pre-molars. My canines or front teeth look wonderful and my gums are pink and healthy.

But I am signed up for a dental next month so that I can be SURE my teeth and gums stay healthy. Dr. Ashbran says we ALL need at least one visit to our Vet each year so that we can get a dental exam.


Also-my Mom is BIG on kitty dentals. That’s why in March several of my feline ‘home buddies’ will be getting their teeth cleaned. Check out this picture of Manny, Omar, and Grover, and Tyler. They ALL need dentals!

I promise to share their pictures coming up in early March. Do you have a feline buddy at home? Chances are they REALLY need dental cleaning more than us canines-

Check out our newsletter and Facebook posts in March for ‘Big Dental Days’ on me and my special feline Buddies…

Love and Kisses from me, Lizzie!

CATS Need Dental Care Too

The Myth: Cats don’t need dental care.
The Truth: According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, about 70% of cats under the age of 3 will develop some form of dental disease, ranging from tartar buildup to resorptive lesions. Resorptive lesions are the number one cause of tooth loss (because there is no way to save a tooth once the body has begun to reabsorb it), and between 50-75% of cats will have at least one resorptive lesion in their lifetime.

The Myth: Bad breath is not a reason to take your cat to the vet.
The Truth: Bad breath, or “halitosis” in vet-speak, is not only unpleasant for you, but also is a classic indication of dental disease. Cats can’t tell you when they aren’t feeling well, so it’s important to pay attention to the little things. In addition to halitosis, some other common symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Dropping food
  • Head shaking or tilting
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Being abnormally aggressive or reclusive
  • Decreased grooming
  • Bleeding
  • Salivating
  • Chattering jaws

If you notice any of these signs, it might be time to see your veterinarian.

The Myth: Dental disease is just a cosmetic problem.
The Truth: Dental disease is not only painful for your cat, it can also be dangerous. If bacteria from the mouth get into the bloodstream, it can cause damage just about anywhere, including the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys.

The Myth: Feeding dry food will keep your cat’s teeth clean.
The Truth: Cats typically don’t chew their food, so unless the kibbles are too large to swallow whole, it is unlikely that your cat is getting any teeth-cleaning benefits from dry food. There are dry foods out there with some teeth-cleaning action, but these should be given as treats, not as your cat’s main food source. The most effective way to prevent tartar buildup between cleanings is to brush your cat’s teeth.

Click Here for more information and a video on brushing your cat’s teeth.

Pictured is IVS-UP technician Melissa brushing Nars’ teeth. Watch for more photos and videos of Nars on our Facebook page and our Feline Fans newsletter.


Welcome Dr. Caitlin Snyder!


IVS is pleased to announce the addition to Dr. Snyder to both our Northpark and University Park hospitals. Dr. Caitlin Snyder was born and raised in Rhode Island. After double majoring in Biology and Animal Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, she attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2010, Dr. Snyder completed an internship in Massachusetts, and then worked for one year as an emergency veterinarian at a 24-hour clinic in Michigan. She moved to California in the summer of 2012 and joined IVS this fall.

Dr. Snyder enjoys emergency surgery, caring for critical cases, and internal medicine. She has a Dutch Shepherd named Pepper who was one of the first laparoscopic spay and gastropexies at IVS. Dr. Snyder and Pepper enjoy hiking, agility, personal protection, and rally obedience classes.

When Dr. Snyder is not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with Pepper, her Marine husband, Eric, and going to Crossfit classes.

Welcome Dr. Snyder!

Tylenol Poisoning in Dogs and Cats


Please take the time to read the below article regarding the serious problem of pets ingesting Tylenol. Here at IVS, we have treated pets that have mischievously gotten into medicine bottles or who have snatched up those pills you dropped on the floor. Please remember to never self-medicate your pet, please ALWAYS ask your Veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.

Acetaminophen Toxicity in Pets

Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used pain relievers, and it can be found in a variety of over-the-counter medications. Toxic levels can be reached when a pet is unintentionally over medicated with acetaminophen, or when a pet has gotten hold of medication and ingested it. Pet owners often do not realize their animals may break into medicine cabinets or chew through medicine bottles. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of toxicity, so that you can properly treat your pet if it has accidentally ingested medication.

Symptoms and Types

The effects of acetaminophen poisoning are quite serious, often causing non-repairable liver damage. Dogs will typically experience acetaminophen toxicity at over 75 mg per kg body weight. The most common symptoms that you may notice in pets suffering from acetaminophen toxicity include:

  • Brownish-gray colored gums
  • Labored breathing
  • Swollen face, neck or limbs
  • Hypothermia (reduced body temperature)
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellowish color to skin, whites of eyes), due to liver damage
  • Coma

If you believe that your pet has ingested acetaminophen, it will typically be treated as an emergency situation. Seek the advice of a medical professional immediately, as treatment may be necessary. Your veterinarian will perform a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis to determine the level of toxicity, so that a potential treatment can be prescribed.


If your animal requires treatment, it will typically need to be given supplemental oxygen, intravenous fluids, and/or drugs given intravenously, including vitamin C, cimetidine, and N-acetylcysteine. The amino acid cystiene may also be used and is one of the most effective ingredients in this treatment regiment, necessary for repairing any potential liver damage. Cystiene can also work to reduce the overall level of toxicity in the body. Treatment in a timely fashion is essential to give your animal the best chance of recovery and survival.


While a veterinarian may recommend small doses of over-the-counter medication for animals, the weight of the animal, with regards to the dosage, is always taken into consideration. Dog owners should never self-diagnose and treat their pets with human medication, and should take precautions to keep household medications out of their dog’s reach to avoid a potentially harmful or fatal reaction.

Daylight Savings = Savings for Our Clients

With Daylight Savings about to begin, March 10, 2013, what better way to celebrate then special pet care values at IVS?

IVS is offering a free nail trim and one vaccine of your choice with any evening appointment, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Monday – Friday at both our University Park and Northpark locations. Please visit our website for Northpark’s evening hours.

Take advantage of our convenient evening appointments, call today to schedule.


Complimentary Nail Trim & One Vaccine of Your Choice with All Extended Hour Appointments!


IVS Foster Pets, 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 for a list of available animals at the shelter.

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