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Trilby Animal Hospital Promotes Great Pet Dental Health

Toledo veterinarians Dr. Alan Moore can help you get started with a complete pet wellness plan that includes both at-home and office pet dental cleanings. Medical conditions, including kidney failure, animal diabetes, infections, cancer, or unhealthy pet dentaleating habits can have bad breath as a symptom. Schedule a full pet wellness care exam to eliminate other concerns first. We will first check for sores that could make dental cleanings a painful experience for your pet. Finally, we will show you proper dental cleaning techniques.

Dental disease in animals can turn an otherwise healthy pet into a sick one. And it is much more common than most people think. Approximately 80% of all cats and dogs have dental disease by the age of two that may land them in an animal hospital. Fresh breath makes your pet a better companion, but pet wellness care goes way beyond minty freshness. Dental diseases can lead to serious health problems such as kidney, liver, and heart disease. Toledo veterinarians Drs. Moore have taken a keen interest in preventing and treating dental disease to help prevent more serious conditions.

Pet Dental Treatments Help Pets Live Healthy Lives

Just like wellness and hygiene for you means regular brushing and flossing, good pet wellness care includes pet dental treatments. Pet dental cleaning promotes healthy enamel, prevents erosion of gums, and makes your pet a more pleasant companion. It also helps pets live healthier lives. Residents of Toledo can visit the veterinarians in our animal hospital to develop a dental health routine for their pets.

Start with the right tools. Pet stores offer enzyme sprays, cleaning tools and toothpastes. Pet toothpaste come in great meat flavors that your animal will enjoy and feature enzymes that make cleaning easier. Human toothpastes are not healthy for your pet, so be sure not to use them.

Warm your pet up to the idea of pet dental cleanings. We promise you will save yourself a lot of grief if you get them used to the idea first. Letting your pet lick the toothpaste from the dental tool and get familiar with the paste and the tool will slowly introduce them to the idea. Once your pet is comfortable with the toothpaste and cleaning tool, very gently clean the teeth and gums. Focus on the outside areas first. The inside doesn't usually require the same cleaning. Cleaning your pets' teeth once or twice a week is frequent enough.

And don't forget, there are many effective chews to help keep your pet's teeth clean. The best chew for your pet is the one that they enjoy and is safe. As always, be careful about the impact of extra calories on your pets' weight.
Are you ready to put together a pet dental and make it a part of your pet wellness care program? Talk to our team about it!

Canine Influenza Update October 2017

There has been a recent outbreak of cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the greater Toledo area this month. The virus can present as either of two strains, and is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs are susceptible to CIV regardless of breed or age. Symptoms range from coughing, sneezing, fever a runny nose and even a life threatening pneumonia. Typically, a dog will act like it's having kennel cough. A dog is most likely contagious before showing any signs. The Canine Influenza virus does not persist in the environment for very long, but it does spread easily between individuals, usually transmitted through direct contact with a contagious dog's saliva or nasal secretions. Treatment for CIV involves supportive therapy: antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections, cough suppressants, or anti-viral medication. Sometimes fluid therapy is necessary depending on how long the dog has been sick. Dogs that go to day care facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks or training classes are at higher risk for exposure to CIV. If dogs spend most of their time at home or rarely come into contact with other dogs, they will likely have lower risk. There is no evidence that this virus is transmissible to people. We now carry a vaccine that helps protect dogs from outbreaks caused by both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus. The vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with CIV. The vaccine can be given in dogs at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2-4 weeks later. A minimum of two doses is required for primary immunization, and annual vaccination with one dose is recommended. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dog's possible exposure to CIV or if you anticipate vaccinating your pet against the virus.

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a full-service animal hospital, offering medical, surgical, and dental
veterinary care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of veterinary
care for your pets in a friendly environment. Our friendly and courteous
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