Eyes, Ears & Teeth

Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yes.  It is true.  There is such a service as anesthesia free dental cleaning for pets.  If you have had your pet’s teeth cleaned in the past, you might have had a bit of hesitation due to the necessity of anesthesia.  Or, your pet might be up in age and never had his/her teeth cleaned. I have to confess, both of my dogs are eight years old, and they have never had their teeth cleaned.  Their teeth look pretty good though because they are fed a high quality diet, consume raw bones and we use dental cleaning products by Tropiclean. It is important to keep your pet’s teeth and gums in tip top shape.  By the age of three, pet’s can develop gingivitis which can lead to other diseases such as heart disease. I met Dr. Kristen Swanson, a holistic vet hailing from Colorado,  last week.  She and her team came to my store, Wag, to perform anesthesia free dental cleaning.  All I can say is…WOW, what a difference.  The before and after of many of my four legged client’s teeth was amazing.  All the dogs made great candidates for the procedure and their owners were happy. Cost is $165, which is less than a typical pet dental cleaning with anesthesia and the service takes about 30 minutes.  Dr. Swanson does recommend a holistic tincture to use after the cleaning whick kills bacteria and prevents infection.  The cost of the tincture is $25.  Visit K9 Dental Service to watch a demo video. Wag’s next cleaning date is:  Sunday, July 29.  Call to reserve your space today:  813-258-9181. Here is a picture of Dr. Swanson with two happy...

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Bunnies- are they the right pet for you?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Excercise, Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Proper Bunny Care Bunnies.  They are small, cuddly and warm and for many families a welcome addition right around Easter.  In fact, bunny sales spike during this season…as Spring and bunnies go hand in hand. Rabbit rescues are very busy during this time of the year as well.   Many families acquire bunnies with the best of intentions but often children lose interest soon after the Easter festivities end….not to mention, bunnies need far more than a cage and carrots to be happy. Rabbits can make great pets.  They are intelligent, have unique personalities and have a lower cost of entry than a dog (approximately $65 or less).  Many people say they have cat like and dog like traits, can be litter box trained and Vet bills are typically lower as they do not need annual vaccines, although yearly visits are recommended. General health:  Not every vet works with rabbits so do your homework to find a vet in your area.  Common health concerns would be misaligned teeth and hairballs.  Bunnies shed every three months.  Besides grooming your bunny regularly, ensure your bunny has access to high quality hay which will help the hair pass through their digestive track.  Regular exercise will help with hairballs as well.  Spaying or Neutering your pet is very important and will help with aggression, spraying and chewing.  Their lifespan is 7-10 years and some rabbits live into their teens.  Diet:  Their diet consists of pellets, high quality hay, water and green leafy veggies.  In fact, carrots should not be a large part of a rabbit’s diet.  Only carrot tops!  Carrots are high in sugar and should be fed as a treat only.  A good rule of thumb for non leafy green veggies is 1 tablespoon per 2lbs of body weight a day. Crate:  They do need a cage at least 3-4ft in length and need to exercise outside of their pens at least a couple of hours a day.  In fact, the House Rabbit Society recommends 30 hours of cage free time a week. You will learn very quickly that their play area needs to be bunny proofed as they will chew on anything!  Children:  Bunnies are sensitive to being held and it is advised that only older children that have learned the proper technique and adults pick up the bunny.  Bunnies are prey animals and if they are picked up incorrectly could feel like they are in danger. Are two better than one?:  The vast majority of bunnies do crave companionship of their own kind.  Rabbits truly bond with their mate when they are introduced correctly.  If you choose to have two, make sure they meet in neutral territory and are altered.  This will assist with positive introductions. If all of this sounds good to you, please consider adoption! Rabbit resources:  www.rabbit.org,...

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Poochie Smoochie

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Does Your Pooch Have Smoochable Breath? I think I hear a resounding “NO” screaming through the page from many of my readers out there. Even if your dog’s breath is minty fresh, pet oral hygiene should be taken seriously and monitored continuously. This will lead to not only pleasant breathe but could extend the life of your pet. How do you know if your pet’s dental health is less than pearly white? The first indicator is bad breath. I am not talking about typical doggie breath…but a can’t stand to be around you….odor that makes your pooches smooches something to be avoided. Also, discolored teeth, mouth pain, excessive drooling, bleeding gums or loss of appetite are all signs. As with humans, pets will build tartar and plaque if their teeth go uncared for. The build up of these two culprits may lead to gingivitis and then periodontal disease (gum disease). Gingivitis is treatable but Periodontal disease is not. It can be stopped and then managed by the proper professional treatment. You definitely do not want your dog or cat to get to this point. Poor dental hygiene can also lead to other problems such as Oro-Nasal Fistulas, Feline Odontoclastis Resorptive Lesions and finally Kidney, Liver or Heart Disease. The latter is life threatening and can lead to the death of the pet. It occurs by the bacteria gaining access to the blood stream through the compromised gums. Bacteria-laden plaque can actually lodge in the heart valves, liver, kidney and lungs. You will be happy to know that there are easy solutions to get you back on the road to pleasant doggie kisses. 1. Brusha Brusha Brusha- Yes, brush your pet’s teeth at least once a week. Use a special pet toothbrush or finger brush and pet toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste or baking soda. Not pet friendly. 2. H2O additives- There are many all natural products out there that you simply add to your pet’s water. So, as they drink throughout the day they are also cleaning their teeth. Many of my customers have tried this and have had wonderful results. A few great products are made by Triple Pet and Ark Naturals. www.triplepet.com, www.arknaturals.com 3. Mouth Sprays and Gels- If a toothbrush won’t work, an easier way may be to spray an all natural cleanser in the pet’s mouth or rub a gel on the teeth and gums with your finger. The PetZLife oral care gel and spray work wonders. These products are made with Grapefruit seed extract, Grape seed extract, Thyme oil, Neem oil, Rosemary oil, and Peppermint oil. www.petzlife.com This one is easy and highly recommended! 4. Rope toys and Chew Toys- Believe it or not play time can be a great time to get a bit of teeth cleaning in without your pet realizing it! While your dog is doing double duty as he earnestly chews his rope bone. 5. All Natural Dental Treats and Bones- Make sure that the dental treat you choose is highly digestible and made of all naturally products. These treats work but just make sure they will not lodge in your pet’s tummy or intestinal track. Flossie tendons by Merrick are wonderful as they help clean in between teeth. They are 100% beef tendon and digestible. Raw bones are great cleaners as well. Make sure the bones you feed your dog are either raw or slow roasted. Bones in any other form may splinter and cause harm to your pet. 6. Yearly Vet Cleanings- the hope is that by doing a few of the above, you can avoid as many...

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