I recently took my beloved cat for a long overdue vet appointment. I mentioned to the veterinarian that she had terrible halitosis, and I was wondering what could be the cause. The vet took a look inside her mouth, and pointed out the source - two abscessed teeth with inflamed, receding gums that would need to be extracted. The lesson I learned from this experience is that our pets need dental care to maintain proper oral health, just as much as we do. Dental problems can lead to pain, difficulty eating, and health complications. As February is dental health month for many animal clinics, it seems to be an opportune time to remind you to pay attention to your pet's dental health.
Standard dental care includes using food or snacks specifically designed to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Veterinarians recommend brushing your pet's teeth with a special toothbrush to maintain cleanliness. Be sure to ask your vet about the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste as toothpaste designed for humans can actually make your pet sick. Avoid feeding pets table scraps because they can increase the buildup of plaque and tartar. Periodically inspect your pet's teeth and gums for the warning signs of gum disease - bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gumline, and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth. Seek veterinary care if you notice any of these problems. A professional examination administered by the family veterinarian should be done now to determine whether a cleaning is required.
Our featured pet this week is Josie, a beautiful Lab-Shepherd mix who has a sleek black coat with white markings. She is a real "energizer bunny" and has lots of energy to burn! She loves to go for long walks and play in the fields. This country girl is looking for a family who enjoys the great outdoors and can keep up with her lively spirit. Like most Labs, she is intelligent and affectionate. This sweet young lady would love to meet you and go for a walk.
When you come to visit Josie, please stop by and see some of our other personable canine friends. We have many adult dogs who would like to show you that an older dog can not only learn new tricks, but can win over your heart. Some of our previously featured dogs include Beagle-mix Virgil, Staffordshire Bull-Terrier mix Princess, and Hound-mix Indigo. These dogs would welcome the chance to meet you and show off their personalities!