Canine Gum Disease

pet_dental_monthGum disease can be devastating to your dogs health and to their mouth.Gum disease can cause chronic pain, eroded gums, tooth loss and bone loss. What makes it so difficult is that it can develop without you even noticing until it gets too late. The good thing is that gum disease is easily preventable.

Dogs get gum disease due to bacteria. After a dog eats, bacteria, food particles and saliva create a plaque over the teach. Plaque leads to tartar, and a build up over time leads to tooth loss and gum disease.

Dogs are far more likely to get gum disease than humans. This is because a dogs mouth forms more plaque than a human, when combined with the fact that most dogs don’t brush their teeth every day, it leads to a likelihood of developing gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease in Dogs

 

Because there are no early symptoms of gum disease, buy the time you notice symptoms it is likely pretty advanced.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Blood in their water bowl
  • Blood on their chew toys
  • Bad breath
  • Talking when they eat or yawn
  • Difficulty picking up food
  • Lumps in their mouth
  • Bloody or ropey salica
  • Head shyness (not wanting their head touched)

Gum disease can affect more than your dog’s mouth. It can also lead to a higher risk of heart, kidney and liver disease.

Preventing Gum Disease in Dogs

The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it.

 

There is no cure for gum disease. Once your dog has it, and 80% have the beginning signs by the age of 3 years, there is nothing you can do to cure it. Once they have gum disease you can only treat it.

Bring you dog into Vetco today to get their teeth examined and cleaned.

Lyme in Dogs

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dog with burrsA flea or tick bite might seem innocuous but it can be deadly. There are many diseases that fleas and ticks spread. You want to make sure your pets are safe from these diseases. Lyme disease is one that affects both people and dogs.

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. Symptoms include, lameness of their limbs due to inflammation of the joins; shifting leg lameness, this is when one leg goes lame then gets better and then the other goes lame; kidney problems, leading to total kidney failure; still walk with an arched back, sensitive to the touch, difficulty breathing, fever, lack of appetite, depression, swollen lymph nodes, heart abnormalities and nervous system complications.

Lyme disease rarely goes away. If your pet contracts it, they will likely suffer with symptoms their entire life. If caught earlier, their may be treatments they can get on that will halt the progression.  But it is imperative that you get your dog to the vet at an early sign. Most likely your vet will recommend a treatment plan to manage the symptoms.

Lyme disease is spread via tick bite. Humans can get Lyme disease as well, and it will make you very sick.  If your dog play’s outside in grasses, goes on hikes, or is around tree’s, it is advisable that you get them a flea and tick treatment. Frontline is what we use at Vetco, and have been very happy with its easy of use, affordability, and efficacy.

Preventing a tick bite is easy and affordable. Treating Lyme disease is not. Come into our clinic to get your flea and tick treatment today.

 

 

5 Great HypoAllergenic Dogs

5 Great HypoAllergenic Dogs

If you have allergies you can still have a dog. You just have to make sure that you get the one that will not make you sneeze. Here is a list of great hypoallergenic dogs.

download1. Bichon Frise: They are silly, fluffy and super cute. But these little marshmallow dogs don’t shed! So as long as you brush them, you will be able to keep dander to a minimum.

2. Schnauzer: Great dogs if you love to get a lot of attention from your pup. They are also low shed, which means low allergies.

download (1)3. Yorkshire Terrier (aka. Yorkie): Perfect for lovers of small dogs, or if you live in a small space. These little guys don’t shed, but they will give you lickies.

4. Poodle: These guys come in 3 sizes and all of them are cute and friendly. They do require grooming but they don’t shed.

5. Italian Greyhound: Great dog who is very playful. Because of his super short coat, he sheds very little.

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When you get your new hypoallergenic dog, make sure that you consult with your vet on proper grooming techniques to make sure that your pup stays as hypoallergenic as possible!