Has your dog ever had swelling in front of an eye to the left or right of the bridge of the nose? What could that be? As it turns out, it is seen fairly commonly. Do you have any idea what the cause could be?
“Cats are not small dogs,” is a common expression used by professors in veterinary schools to emphasize to students that cats are medically unique. Our dental talk on cats will further emphasize that cats get exotic diseases. Many feline oral diseases are different from the oral diseases that occur in dogs and people.
Have you ever broken a tooth? If you have, you know that the sensation ranges from uncomfortable sensitivity to extremely painful. Without treatment, the exposed pulp canal of the tooth always becomes infected and an abscess forms at the root tip, which is really painful and affects your health. What you may not know is how frequently dogs break their teeth, that dogs experience the same pain and health problems from broken teeth, and how your choices of chew toys can increase the risk of your pet breaking a tooth.
It is new thinking for many people, but proper dental care will keep your pet more comfortable, lengthen life and prevent bad breath. It is never too early or too late to start caring for your pet’s teeth! Come see live demonstrations and learn how to care for your pet’s teeth at home.
Did you know that making a resolution to spend an extra two minutes a day caring for your pet can make a big difference in your pet’s comfort and may add years of life? Everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville wants you to make the resolution today to brush your pet’s teeth every day! It only takes two minutes and most pets can be conditioned to actually love having their teeth brushed.
With all the advances of modern medicine over the past 30 years, many diseases that plagued a high percentage of cats are now much better controlled because of effective vaccinations, dewormers and safe flea control products. More cats are neutered, so cat bite abscesses and some serious transmissible diseases have greatly diminished.
Consider using the C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Kit. The C.E.T. Toothbrush handle is extra long, has a large dog and a small dog brush on opposite ends (I always use the large end unless under 5 lbs) that are triangular for easy entry and the bristles are 10x softer than a human child’s brush.
Dr. Dave Thompson has had a strong interest in pet oral health since he and Dr. Betsy Thompson opened Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1977. Over the years, he has spent much time studying dentistry and undergoing advanced dental training.
By: Dr. Dave Thompson
For me, the highlight of my year is attending The Annual Veterinary Dental Forum. This national meeting on the latest dental and anesthetic topics with speakers from around the world is a once-a-year, fantastic opportunity to learn the latest dental techniques. It is really exciting to know that I am hearing the very newest information available. Topics like Advanced Periodontal Therapy and Flap Surgery, Methods to Increase Gingival Attachment, Eliminating Pain with Restorative Dentistry, Correcting Base Narrow Canines, Current Concepts of Bone Augmentation...
Sissy is a friendly, engaging, robust 17 pound cat who lives in Johnson City, TN. She was adopted by her family as a rescue, and she serves as an excellent example of the many wonderful, loving cats that can be adopted. Sissy’s mom brought her in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville last week for an appointment for a dental evaluation and tooth cleaning, and her case points out some important characteristics of cats.
Sissy arrived at our hospital for dental care by Dr. David Thompson due to findings during her annual comprehensive physical exam. On physical exam, Dr. Earley had...