It’s Pet Dental Health Month!

albuquerque pet dental health

February is Pet Dental Health Month. Do you have a dog or cat whose breath smells like they eat garbage all day long?  Likely it is time to get their teeth cleaned. The great thing is that cleaning their teeth can do more than just give them good breath and nice teeth. There are some pretty serious health risks for not cleaning your pets teeth.

Start of Dental Health Month by taking care of your pets teeth, and maybe make a dentist appointment for yourself while you are at it.

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. While you are here you can also get your annual vaccinations, your microchip, and your annual checkup. Make February you veterinary health tune up month!

Holiday Updates

The holidays are coming quickly upon us. To give our staff time to spend with their family our clinic will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th, as well as December 31st and January 1st. If you have any questions about our holiday hours, please give our Albuquerque veterinary clinic a call.

Be safe and have a wonderful holiday!

No More Pet Licenses!

Scanning for a microchip
Scanning for a microchip

This is big news for Albuquerque pet owners. Pet licenses are no longer required! The City of Albuquerque has decided to change the law that said you have to have a license for all pet cat’s and dog’s and have them microchipped. As of December 2019, you only need to get your pet a microchip. This will not only help the city cut down on expenses and unnecessary paperwork, but will also help ensure that pets that get lost can easily be rehomed. Albuquerque wants to decrease their stray pet population by helping to reunite cats and dogs with their families.

Microchipping is a safe and easy, non-surgical, procedure. It can be done during a walk in visit to the Albuquerque veterinary clinic, or at the same time as a surgery. The microchips are inserted quickly under the skin and then registered with the owners information. This means you can update your microchip if you move. Once the procedure is done, it never has to be done again.

If you have not gotten your dog or cat microchipped, you can bring them into to our Albuquerque daily walk-in shot clinic, and you don’t need to be getting vaccinations to get your microchip.