October News and Views: Dental Health Month at IVS

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We LOVE Halloween at our House!!!

LIZZIE-WITH-PUMPKIN-WEBHappy October to my special canine and feline friends!

October is one of my favorite months because the weather is cooler and I get to take LONG and SLOW walks on Hicks Canyon trail with my Dad on his days off.

This is also the time of year when everything SMELLS different! Some of my favorite people that live on our street just put out pumpkins for us to smell when we walk by in the mornings. On weekend mornings I smell wood burning…aaah, the smells of October are finally here!

At IVS we love October too because this is the month we try to make everyone understand just how important dentistry is for a pets’ health. With the Holidays coming soon, now is a great time to think about getting the basics scheduled for your pets well care program.

If you still have not seen our great dental video please take the time to view it. Click on this link and enjoy Benny’s story, narrated by our own Dr. Oakley.

Still having trouble brushing your pets’ teeth? Stop by anytime and give us a few minutes and we would LOVE to teach you how! Check out our special video starring Kay and her golden retriever Blade.

So why do we love Halloween at our house? We love to answer the door and see all the wonderful costumes! Anyone visiting our house gets the ‘full treatment’ of 5 happy dogs barking!!! Why else?? I am NOT supposed to have chocolate or any candy so that’s ‘off limits’ at my house. But my Dad LOVES candy! Makes him happy!

Be sure to be careful out there ‘trick or treating’. Please make sure to keep your favorite feline indoors because it’s important for cats ‘especially’ not be seen on this special ‘spooky’ holiday.

Happy Halloween!!!

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!

Dental Care at IVS

CAT-BRUSHING-DOGS-TEETHDental care is an important factor of your pet’s overall health. Studies show that nearly 85% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age will have evidence of gingivitis. As in people, plaque buildup on dog and cat teeth leads to red, irritated gums, a condition called gingivitis. Plaque begins as a film of food particles and bacteria that can harden over time into a dark, rock-like scale. Bacteria invade the gap between the gum and the tooth, causing inflammation. Over time, bacteria can destroy the bone that holds the tooth in place, leading to tooth loss or the need for extraction. On occasion, bacteria can even invade the bloodstream, leading to serious infections in other organs such as the heart.

Watch this great video on Dental Services Provided at IVS


DOG-GETTING-TEETH-BRUSHEDPets can develop dental disease and other dental problems, just like people. Untreated tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart as well as kidney infections. You can avoid many of these problems by taking your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental checkups and brushing your pet’s teeth at home.

Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of home dental care. Ask your veterinarian about an “animal” toothbrush as they are designed with your pet in mind. Never use human toothpaste as it will irritate your pet’s stomach and may cause vomiting.

Watch this informative video on how to brush your dog’s teeth, and what toothpaste is safe and effective for your dog.

Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease


  1. Feed hard or coarse foods (dry food is preferable)
  2. Provide rawhide, hard rubber, or hard treat foods
  3. Brush your pet’s teeth periodically using a pet toothpaste or use alternative pet dentifrice products
  4. Schedule regular dental check-ups at least yearly, and schedule regular professional cleanings with your Veterinarian

Special Dental Cleaning Packages NOW at IVS


  • 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


To find out more about our dental packages or dental services offered, call us today, or check out our website at:


Halloween Candy Precautions

HALLOWEEN-DOGWith Halloween comes the candy…lots and lots of candy. Many pets have a sweet tooth, so please warn children not to share their goodies with the family pet.

Candy Concerns
Candies, gums, mints, baked goods and chocolate containing the “sugar free” sweetener xylitol are especially poisonous, causing rapid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver failure in dogs and possibly other species (ferrets).

Chocolate is toxic to pets. Granted, a 50 pound dog would have to eat about 50 ounces of milk chocolate (but only 5 ounces of baking chocolate) for a toxic dose, but much smaller amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Signs of chocolate toxicity include tremors, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures and death. If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate, consult your veterinarian.

Other candies, such as lollipops and those with plastic components, pose a danger if ingested. Lollipop sticks and plastic parts can cause intestinal obstruction and potentially rupture the intestines, which is a life-threatening emergency.

Please be safe this Halloween season.

Available For Adoption!

These two adorable girls are in search of their new ‘forever home.’ Jade is a lovable Golden Labrador Retriever, and is just 3 months old. Maggie is a very sweet girl, she is a Yorkie, and is 2 ½ years old.

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