Why Your Pet May Need to See the Dentist too!

Jun 12, 2018 | Dental, Uncategorized

Bad breath is disgusting, yet for some reason we just laugh it off in our pets. Sometimes bad breath, also known as halitosis, can affect people’s relationships with their pets. There are numerous ways to prevent and aid pets with notoriously foul mouths. The most important thing to remember is that your veterinarian needs to evaluate your pet’s mouth for the cause. Most of the time bad breath is due to dirty teeth, but can be associated with infections, cancer and metabolic diseases such as kidney disease.

Routine dental cleanings are extremely helpful in battling bad breath. Frequency of dental appointments depends on the pet. As our pets get older most need dental cleanings every year and a few pets need them every 6 months. Every 6 months may seem excessive but think of how clean and fresh your breath and teeth feel after routine dental cleanings to the dentist every 6 months.

Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with a special formulation of toothpaste for cats and dogs is considered the Gold Standard for oral hygiene. Even if you forget to brush your pet’s teeth for a few days, it is still encouraged. In fact, pets usually love the routine of getting their teeth brushed because it is extra time spent with you, and they get a treat of a meat or vanilla flavored toothpaste.

Another tool to aid with bad breath is dental chews. The most popular treats recommended by veterinarians are Greenies and CET chews. If you prefer to use another product, it is important to remember that if you cannot bend the treat in your hands do not use it. This is because products that are too hard can break and damage teeth.

There are also specially formulated dental diets that use abrasion or enzymes to help reduce plaque and tartar build up on teeth. These diets can be used as maintenance diets or as treats. Please talk to your veterinarian before using these diets. Dental diets can be purchased at your veterinarian’s office.

It is possible to reduce and eliminate bad breath from our pets. For any questions or advice on at home dental care techniques please contact your local veterinarian.

For more information, contact our team at VETSS!

What Types of Venomous Snakes Should Dog Owners Be Aware of in Virginia?

There are 3 types of venomous snakes in Virginia, all of which belong to the pit viper family: the Eastern Copperhead, Timber/Canebrake Rattlesnake, and Northern Cottonmouth. Copperheads are the most commonly seen and widely distributed venomous snake in Virginia and...

Facts And Tips For Dog Bite Prevention Awareness Week

In honor of National Dog Bite Awareness week, April 7-13, 2019, we thought we would share with you some recommendations about avoiding common situations that increase the chances of a dog bite to humans or other animals. If are near the Charlottesville area and your...

Health Benefits of Living with Pets

There is a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. However, just about any pet can enrich your life — Cats, birds, ferrets, goats, and even snakes. And it’s not just that their antics make us smile. These furry, feathered, or scaled family members can actually...

4DX: The Four-Way Test That Saves Canine Lives

Preventive care is all about keeping your pet happy and healthy, and one of the most important tests for dogs is called 4DX. This is a blood test that checks for four common diseases in dogs: Heartworm, plus three tick-borne diseases. Every dog should get a 4DX test...

Resource Topics

Does Your Pet Really Need an Annual Vet Visit?

Short answer? Absolutely. First of all, consider that dogs and cats physically age around 7 years for every trip...

Winter Hazards For Pets in the Charlottesville Area

During the holidays people enjoy the festivities inside the household and keeping warm. But, with the holidays also...

There was Jack Russell found by the old firehouse in Ruckersville. Suspected hit by car. Call VETSS 434-973-3519 if you think this is your animal or if you have any information as to who the owner might be. ... See MoreSee Less

There was Jack Russell found by the old firehouse in Ruckersville. Suspected hit by car. Call VETSS 434-973-3519 if you think this is your animal or if you have any information as to who the owner might be.Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

This is the post: MY NAME IS EMMA PEARL, I’M A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER, 13 YEARS OLD AND WEIGH APPROX. 13 PDS. I’M VERY SWEET AND FRIENDLY. I HAVE HAD ALL MY VACCINES, SO I’M SAFE TO PUT IN YOUR CAR FOR A RIDE BACK TO MY DAD IN MADISON, VA. I HAVE A SORE SPOT ON THE END OF MY CROPPED TAIL. I ALSO ESCAPE MY COLLAR AND TAGS REGULARLY. IF YOU HAVE SEEN ME AROUND OR PICKED ME UP, PLEASE CALL HIM… ANTHONY MORRIS 540-948-6174. ORIGINALLY LOST IN THE GRAVES MILL/MADISON, VA AREA.

Appreciate the thought Eileen Molloy Norris, but it is NOT Forrest. Hope it's his or her family is found and quickly!!

Shared

Hope she finds her family and she’s ok! 💜

This may be Emma Pearl. Her owner lives in Madison, and she's been missing for a few weeks.

Is he being treated??

Shared.

Culpeper County Animal Shelter

I've tried calling the number we received for Anthony Morris and left a voicemail. Will try again

Anybody!! If no one found to claim him/her please contact me !!!!!!! Love them!!!! Name Blanca, I live in Orange 703-606-3094😪❤️

Emma Pearl is a tri color and has not been found.

I will try to find the owner's number. Emma Pearl is about 13 years old.

😢

Kar Bisaillon it’s a long short but could it be

If someone is missing a golden retriever in the Earlysville area please call us at 434-973-3519 for information! ... See MoreSee Less

If someone is missing a golden retriever in the Earlysville area please call us at 434-973-3519 for information!Image attachmentImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

My last Golden was found in that area, we had 16 years together 💕🐾

Shared that dog looks well taken care of. Someone is definitely missing their fur baby. Can you post on pawboost.com Va, nextdoor.com- helps reunite lost pets

Carolyn Foreman Betts in case you know anyone missing their baby!

Oh man I think maybe this dog came looking for me

Our cutest patient of the day!Our friend helped name Popcorn - because she hops so much - because she jumps and pops all around the place. Well, she's been popping herself all over the farm and today she popped herself too high and got a broken leg. We'd like to thank our friends at Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services & Specialty and the Louisa Veterinary Service for helping us through today. Popcorn is doing well and is thankful for pain meds and lots of treats. Get well soon Popcorn! ... See MoreSee Less

Our cutest patient of the day!

Comment on Facebook

Such a cute name and the description of what she did to hurt her leg had me giggling but i feel bad for her..you guys are great and i know will fix her up!

Load more