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Dog Dental Disease

albuquerque pet dental healthIt is Pet Dental Health Month. Do you have a dog or cat whose breath smells like they live in the garbage?  Do you wish they could just freshen it up?  Likely it is time to get their teeth cleaned.

Cleaning their teeth can do more than just give them good breath and nice teeth. There are some health risks for not cleaning your pets teeth.

Dental Health Problems

  • Periodontal disease is a painful infection between the tooth and the gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection to the rest of the body. Signs are loose teeth, bad breath, tooth pain, sneezing and nasal discharge.
  • Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused mainly by accumulation of plaque, tartar and disease-producing bacteria above and below the gum line. Signs include bleeding, red, swollen gums and bad breath. It is reversible with regular teeth cleanings.
  • Halitosis—or bad breath—can be the first sign of a mouth problem and is caused by bacteria growing from food particles caught between the teeth or by gum infection. Regular tooth-brushings are a great solution.
  • Swollen gums develop when tartar builds up and food gets stuck between the teeth. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home and getting annual cleanings at the vet can prevent tartar and gingivitis.
  • Proliferating gum disease occurs when the gum grows over the teeth and must be treated to avoid gum infection. An inherited condition common to boxers and bull terriers, it can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Mouth tumors appear as lumps in the gums. Some are malignant and must be surgically removed.
  • Salivary cysts look like large, fluid-filled blisters under the tongue, but can also develop near the corners of the jaw. They require drainage, and the damaged saliva gland must be removed.
  • Canine distemper teeth can occur if a dog had distemper as a puppy. Adult teeth can appear looking eroded and can often decay. As damage is permanent, decayed teeth should be removed by a vet.

*List courtesy of the ASPCA

Make sure you pet does not get any of these painful dental diseases. Bring them into Albuquerque Vetco to get your pets annual dental cleaning.

Don’t Pee on the Carpet!

veterinarian pet urineDon’t Pee on the Carpet!

Your pet peeing on the carpet can be a big problem for your carpet and for their health. A pet peeing can indicate more than just a behavioral issue. It can be symptomatic of larger health issues, like Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Failure, or something as simple as old age incontinence. First and foremost, if your pet is repeatedly  peeing or defecating on the floor, you need to bring them to your veterinarian for a checkup.

Once you know that their health is ok, you want to make sure your carpet, flooring and furniture is ok. Urine can do a lot more damage then just make a wet spot or a small stain.

  • Urine will penetrate the fibers of your carpet and can soak into padding or mat beneath your carpet. Once this happens, it is not possible to clean it all out with a simple spray and a rag.
  • Even when the stain is gone, the odor of urine can remain. This is because though the urine content is gone, the bacteria remains.
  • Dried urine smells even worse than fresh urine! When urine dries it becomes crystals, which are even stronger than the liquid. You can actually re-activate the crystals by adding moisture back to them.
  • Urine can cause permanent discoloration of carpet or fabric. Did you know that urine was actually used to set some dyes in fabric? It was also used to shrink fabric…think about how that is affecting your furniture!

The best course of action is to immediately treat a urine stain.  Soak up as much of the liquid as you can. Just blot and try not to rub anything in. Rubbing will just rub the urine into the fibers even more and force it downwards into the other layers like the carpet padding.

After you have absorbed as much liquid as you can, use a product like Natures Miracle to neutralize the bacteria and clean the stain.  If you have ongoing staining, or smell, you definitely want to contact a carpet cleaner. We recommend Bare Cleaning, they are very familiar with how to deep clean pet urine stains from carpets and upholstery. The only way to get a set pet urine stain out of your carpet is to do a deep cleaning.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.