October 2014 News & Views: Dental Month

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So what do my dad, Mr. Pumpkin and I have in common? We are well known for our big smiles!

Happy October for all my friends!

Most of you know that this is my most favorite time of the year. I love the smells of the fall season when the weather begins to cool and the leaves (even here in Irvine) turn different colors. All the homes in my neighborhood get dressed up for ‘Halloween’ and the pumpkins set out on doorsteps SMELL so good!

Have you noticed that even the sun looks different? Gentler somehow, sleepy, calmer, quieter….I hope that you and your special canine friend get out for walks and enjoy the changing season.

Every October at IVS, we like to talk up dentistry. I have shared some stories about dental emergencies in my house and this is a great time of year to think about protecting the health of your special feline or canine. Our Veterinarians wanted to remind you that over 80% of the pets we see each day have the beginning of dental disease or have advanced disease that should be addressed right away.

So how can we help you? We are, once again, inviting you to come to IVS for a complimentary ‘kissability test’. We schedule these special exams with our IVS Technicians who will evaluate your pet’s dental health. As a ‘SPECIAL’ offer, we are extending a special 20% discount off our regular package pricing for SENIOR PETS during October! Check out the cool picture of my Dad, me and my bro Ulysses below.

Still not sure? Check out our special dental video, starring our super star Vets, Dr. Snyder and Dr. Oakley.
Call us today to schedule a kissability test for your special canine or feline!

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!


Video: http://irvinevetservices.com/category/featured-videos/ ( Dr. Oakley & Dr. Snyder’s professional dental video)



Dr. Cole, Lizzie and Ulysses invite you to enjoy a 20% savings on dentals for your senior pet now through October 2014.*
Call us today to schedule a dental! Offer good for all canines and felines aged 7 or older!

Hugs and Kisses from Dr. Cole, Lizzie and Ulysses!

*Discount applies to dental package pricing only.

The ‘Kissability’ Test!

This month we are focusing on Dental Health and hoping to put a big dent in dental disease. We would like to measure your pet’s ‘kissability’.


Dog’s Dental Health

Did you know that regularly brushing your dog’s teeth and providing him/her with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys can go a long way toward keeping their mouth healthy? Check out our video on how to brush your pet’s teeth.

Follow the tips below and you’ll have a very contented pooch with a ‘dazzling’ smile!

  1. Breath test. Smell your dog’s breath. If your dog’s breath is offensive and is accompanied with a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urination, it’s a good idea to take your pooch to the vet.
  2. Lip service. Examine your dog’s gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.
  3. Signs of oral disease. Bad breath, excessive drooling, inflamed gums, tumors in the gums, cysts under the tongue or loose teeth.
  4. Tooth Decay. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Regular cleanings is a possible solution.
  5. Canine Tooth Brushing Kit. Purchase a toothbrush made especially for canines. Ask your vet for a toothpaste made especially for canines. Never use human toothpaste, which can irritate a dog’s stomach.

dog with toothbrush
Ask your vet for specially formulated dry food that can slow down the formation of plaque and tartar. Also, avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Instead, give him treats that are specially formulated to keep canine teeth healthy!

Meet Chuck! IACC’s ‘Superstar’ for October!

Chuck (ID# A093482) is a neutered male, 6 year old, white Basset Hound mix, and has been at the shelter since August 14, 2014. Chuck is a relatively small but strong dog and weighs approximately 34 pounds. Please come by to meet Chuck at the Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine, CA. For more information about Chuck, please call the IACC at 949-724-7740, and be sure to give them his ID number.



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