Dentistry is important for your pet’s overall health. Tartar builds up on their teeth when bacteria combines with food particles and minerals in their saliva. As the bacteria works its way under the gums it destroys supporting tissue around the teeth which can cause tooth loss. This process is called periodontal disease. From there the bacteria can crossover into the bloodstream and infect the heart, liver and kidneys.
What to look for:
• Bad Breath
• Red Swollen gums
• Loss of Appetite/refusing to eat
• Swelling below the eye
• Pawing at the mouth
• Loose/loss of tooth
Fleas and Ticks
As we all know Fleas are hard to get rid of in your house and they can carry diseases. If your cat or dog come into the house with fleas, they spread all over the house. It is costly to get rid of the little buggers. The best way to prevent this scenario is to use a flea deterrent on your pet such as Frontline Plus or Nexgard.
Ticks are found all over the world including Antarctica living on penguins. They have the ability to survive 20 degrees F for 2 weeks. This means they can survive subfreezing temperatures and be ready to eat when it warms up. They are hardy little pests. Ticks carry a variety of diseases that are harmful to our pets and us. The best way to protect your pet is with products like Frontline Plus and Nexgard. Here is a list of the most prevalent tick transmitted diseases. It is also recommended to have your pet tested once a year for the following diseases by your veterinarian.
Ehrlichiosis – Dog & Cats – Anemia (pale gums), fever, loss of appetite, joint pain, lethargy.
Anaplasmosis – Dogs & Cats – Joint pain, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy
Lyme Disease – Dogs & Cats – Recurrent joint pain, loss of appetite, depression, swollen warm joints, fever, fatigue, kidney failure, inflammation of internal organs
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – Dogs & Cats – Fever, vomiting/nausea, muscle pain, loss of appetite
Canine Babesiosis – Dog Specific – Anemia (pale gums), loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, weakness, Fever.
Cytauxzoonosis – Cat specific – Fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, Jaundice