Animal Teeth Cleaning is an Important Part of Health

Promoting Healthy Teeth Daily


There are several ways to keep your dog or cat’s teeth healthy between visits to your pet dentist for animal teeth cleaning.

Feed your pet kibble instead of semi-solid or wet food. The dry kibble cleans his teeth when it breaks into small particles as it is chewed to scrub teeth and gums.

Provide your dog or cat with chew toys. The act of chewing on something, especially long periods at a time, scrapes plaque and dirt away from his teeth and gums to promote a healthy mouth.

Look for dental chews for your pet with the “VOHC-approved” stamp on them. These products meet the teeth cleaning standards of the Veterinary Oral Health Council and are helpful in removing unwanted buildup of food or plaque from teeth and gums.


Daily Tooth Brushing


Cats and dogs should ideally have their teeth brushed daily to obtain good oral hygiene. You should start when your pet is very young, so they accept this as part of a daily routine. If you can’t brush their teeth daily, try for at least several times a week. Purchase toothpaste formulated for your dog or cat at a pet store. They are made with chicken or beef flavoring to be palatable to pets. Choose a pet toothbrush and place a small bead of the pet toothpaste on it. Let your pet lick it off and enjoy the flavor. Start by brushing the front teeth with gentle circular motions and move to the rear as your pet allows you. It can take some patience and time to get your pet acclimated to this new idea.


Pet Mouth Examination


A close examination of your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums can alert you to a problem requiring a visit to your pet hospital for dental issues. The first sign of tooth decay is when your pet has a gum condition, such as gingivitis is his breath. If your pet’s mouth has a very strong or foul odor, he needs to see your veterinarian. Lifting your pet’s lips gently allows examining his gums. The gums should be pink and firm. Abnormal gums are white, red or swollen. The teeth should not have brown tartar on them and teeth should not be loose or broken.


These signs are an indication that your pet needs to see his dentist:


Difficulty chewing food

Drooling excessively

Pawing at his mouth

Red, swollen gums

White Ulcers on his tongue or gums

Loose teeth

Pus anywhere in the mouth

A dark red line along the gum line


At the first sign of swelling, take your pet to your veterinarian to treat gum disease so he can retain his teeth, be able to eat kibble and live a happy and healthy lifestyle.


Fun Dog Names | University Animal Hospital NYC

Last night I watched Mike White’s hilarious and bizarrely somber 2007 comedy “Year of the Dog” and besides finding myself loving the character Molly Shannon perfected in “Peggy” I also found myself really digging the names of the various dogs (“Pencil” and “Valentine,” to name two) that she interacted with throughout the film. In recent years dog names have trended more towards cutesy names people would otherwise give their kids.

Working in the dog-care field I’ve met thousands of dogs and cats and I can say I rarely hear a name that’s incredibly original. Sure Ella, Stella and Bella are cute names but they’ve become so common in the pet world that nothing stands out. I recall meeting a dog several years back named “Iggy Von Bacon Bits III” and to this day I remember him quite well. I recall a time when people used to pick a name that fit the personality of their pet or fit his or her look.

According to some of my internet research these are

the most popular dog names of 2015

Female: Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Molly, Lola, Sophie, Sadie, Maggie, Chloe, Bailey

Male: Max, Buddy, Charlie, Jack, Cooper, Rocky, Toby, Tucker, Jake, Bear

Those names are all adorable and I can think of several dogs and cats (past pets of my own included) that had names from those lists.

Still I can’t help but wonder how much more fun everything would be if people gave their pets names that were a little more exciting or absurd. Imagine strolling along the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and hearing someone call out “Oompa Loompa! Stop licking the pavement!”

I’m going to compile my own list of fun dog names I’d like to see given to animals soon. These names are gender neutral because gender roles are absurd. Imagine your male or female future pet with any of the following names and see the potential for fun and hilarity. I’ll refrain from explaining why these names are, in general, the best possible names for your dog or cat and leave it ambiguous. It’s just funnier that way.

Fun Dog Names

1. “Hilaryswank” (yes, one word)



2. “Cucumber”


3. “Sigourneyweaver” (again, one word) (also will accept “Zuul” or “Ripley” and since he’s pictured “billmurray”)



4. “USB”


5. “Garol”


Yes. That’s Garol with a G.

6. “Stove”

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7. “Hashtag” or “#”


8. “BobBarker”


9. “DoloresVanCartier” (will also accept “OdaMaeBrown,” each one word)



10. “Idon’tbelieveinfairies” (one word)


Any dog you envision having to say the name often

11. “Seinfeld”


12. “Cottonweary” (or “Galeweathers” — one word)


13. “Cat Stevens” (for a Dog only. For your cat = “Dog, The Bounty Hunter”)


14. “Selfie” (let’s be honest, this is a much better cat name)


There’s no denying cats are more selfish than dogs.

15. “Wife,” “Husband” or “Life Partner” (cause let’s be honest… for some of us this is looking likely)


16. “2/2″


pronounced ‘two-two’

17. “Coffee_Bean” (with underscore)


Elixir of life

18. “Pennsatucky”


19. “Walter White” or “Jesse Pinkman” or “Nancy Botwin” “Don Draper” “Tony Soprano” (really any modern TV anti-hero fits well in here)


20. “Dirty Martini” “Scotch” “Whiskey” (any drink of choice would make an excellent dog name)

The reality is you can name your pet just about anything you want. With a world of choices let’s expand this spectrum a bit more and encourage more creativity and try to think more outside the box. I’m naming my next pet “” (intentional use of double .com)

Veterinarian Recommendations For Pet First Aid

When your pet has been injured, chokes, or has another medical emergency, you must not panic. Your pet will need to see a veterinarian for x-rays, testing, and treatment if the injury is severe. Furthermore, you may need to provide first aid before arriving at the animal hospital. You need to know what to do in these emergency situations.


If your pet chokes on food, toys, or other objects, open his mouth and try to remove the object. Lay your pet on his side, and place your hands on both sides of his chest. Apply one hard thrust until the object is expelled, explains the American Veterinary Medical Association. This should help expel the object. If your dog loses consciousness, continue to thrust and attempt to remove the object until arrival at the vet’s office.

Not Breathing

If your pet stops breathing, close his mouth, and breathe into his nose. Once you see his chest expand, stop breathing into the nose. Repeat this every five to six seconds.  Check for a pulse between each rescue breath. If your pet does not have a pulse, move to the next step.

Cardiac Arrest

You can check your pet’s pulse by feeling on the left side of his chest behind the elbow. Lay your pet on his right side, and press down in the “area where you checked for a pulse. For larger pets, you may need to compress this area in by one to 1.5 inches. For smaller pets, press in at about one-half of this depth. For If your pet weighs more than 40 pounds, you will need to perform 80-120 compressions per minute. Smaller pets will need 100-150 compressions per minute.

For reference, the song, “Stayin’ Alive,” has a rhythm of 100 beats per second. Sing the song to yourself while performing compressions for 100 beats per minute. For smaller pets, you may need to perform approximately 1.5 compressions per word of the song.

Perform compressions for 10 seconds, and then give two rescue breaths. Check for a pulse AFTER GIVING rescue breaths.


If you suspect your pet may have ingested something poisonous, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. You will receive instruction on how to address the problem immediately, and you may need to give water or induce vomiting.


Remove your pet from the heated area. Place a cool, wet towel around your pet’s neck. After a few minutes, rinse the towel with cool water, and place it back on your pet’s neck. Run cool water, NOT ICE COLD, water over your pet’s body.


For chemical burns, flush the area with lots of water. For fire-related burns, apply an ice-water compress to the area. Do not attempt to remove any of the burned skin, fur, or tissue from the area.


Splint the area by wrapping a magazine around the limb and tapping it together. If bleeding is present, move on to laceration first aid.


Press a clean cloth, preferably gauze, over the wound. Apply pressure until the bleeding stops, checking every three to five minutes. If a leg is bleeding profusely in bright red spurts, it means the injury is to an artery. Apply a tourniquet immediately two-inches above the laceration. You can fashion a tourniquet out of a stick and piece of fabric. Wrap the fabric around the leg once, and then place a stick on top of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around once more and tie it loosely. Twist the stick to cut-off circulation to the limb. This must be a last resort and only used if bleeding is excessive. Get to your local vet immediately.

Each of these first aid tips could save your pet’s life. However, you NEED to stay calm throughout the situation. If any of these events have occurred, take your pet to an emergency veterinarian immediately.

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Stolen Dogs On the Rise | University Animal Hospital NYC

Did you ever think your dog would be stolen from you? It’s a frightening thought. Imagine you run out to the corner deli to grab some ice cream. You decide to bring your fuzzy child along with you for the walk. You tie your pooch up to the street sign directly outside the door to the deli. He seems happy enough to wait a few minutes while you grab some supplies. You emerge with a bag of goodies, in under five minutes, and you’re greeted with just an empty leash.

This is a frightening thought…

This scenario isn’t such a rarity, unfortunately. It isn’t just an amusing plot device in a Woody Harrelson movie, either.

The Shih-tzu did not make it onto the list of top 10 most stolen dog breeds

It’s a pet-owner nightmare that is becoming more and more common with each passing year.
Animal theft is a growing concern among pet owners and New York City is no exception. According to the American Kennel Club there has been a rise in stolen dogs since 2008 each and every year. 2015 looks to be no different. In 2012 there were 444 reported crimes, nationally, which is up significantly from the 255 cases reported in 2010. It is worth noting that these are just the cases reported. Some estimates have the number of stolen dogs climbing as high as one million.

Why is you leave me tied up outside?

That terrifying experience at the deli is exactly what happened to a 7-year-old Pomeranian named Suki when he was left unattended outside of a city deli. Security cameras show a woman snatching little Suki and driving off with him in her car. In a surprising turn of events Suki was returned to his owners after the story blew up on social media. This is a lucky situation for Suki and his owners. It is certainly not the norm. In most situations the dogs are often never seen again by their owners.
In some cases the stolen dogs are listed for sale on craigslist or through the black market by people hoping to make a quick buck. Other times they’re held for ransom as the dog-nappers await a reward from the pet owner hoping to be reunited with his or her fuzzy child. They are sometimes given away as gifts to family or friends of the dog-napper.  In the worst situations the animals are harmed physically or are used as bait in dog-fighting rings (another issues plaguing the dog community). Pure bred dogs are particularly at risk as thieves often steal them intending to resell at a high price. Manhattan has quite a few pure-bred dogs so it makes this city a prime target for thieves.


Here are some tips for dog owners hoping to avoid this nightmare:
1. Do not leave your dog unattended in your car or yard. Never tie them up outside of a restaurant or shop. This is just asking for trouble. If you know you need to stop in somewhere just leave your dog at home. It isn’t worth the risk.
2. Do not tell people how much your dog cost. This is just flashing to potential thieves how much your dog is worth.
3. License and microchip your dog. This can increase the likelihood that your lost or stolen pet might someday be returned to you. I recently read a story about a woman who responded to a craigslist posting from someone trying to sell a dog that looked suspiciously like her stolen pooch. She showed up armed with a microchip scanner and confirmed that the dog was hers.
4. File a police report. Besides alerting to the authorities to your stolen dog this can help with any criminal charges filed if the situation escalates to a court hearing. If the police are apprehensive about making a report remind that pets are legally considered “property” and their theft is either a felony or misdemeanor under all state laws. Do not let them talk you out of it because they might not want to mess with some additional paperwork.
5. When posting signs avoid mentioning “stolen” as the potential dog-nappers or good-Samaritans might avoid coming forward out of fear of criminal charges.

Lost and, hopefully, found

The best thing you can do is be aware. Keep an eye on your pets and don’t create a situation for something bad to happen. Most property theft is opportunity based. Don’t give someone that opportunity and you can do your best to keep your pet safe. Next time you’re meeting with Dr. Zola or one of our amazing veterinarians ask about getting your pet micro-chipped if you haven’t already.


Ask the Pet Dentist: “What Is Periodontal Disease?”

Of all potential health problems for your pet, dental problems tend to be the most common. Unfortunately, this has become a common occurrence as pets instinctively hide their discomfort. Many pet owners do not notice dental problems until the disease has become severe and threatens the health of the pet. To help you fight this growing trend, let’s ask the pet dentist about pet dental disease prevention, signs, and treatment.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common dental disease affecting dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease includes inflammation of gums, or gingivitis, and infection in bone and tissues around the teeth. Unfortunately, unmanaged periodontal disease has been linked to poor quality of life and pet health, especially for pets with diabetes. Additionally, periodontal disease may lead to holes from the mouth to the nasal passages, damage to the tissues around the teeth, heart problems, and kidney failure.

How Is Pet Dental Disease Prevented?

Prevention is critical to avoiding dog and cat dental problems. Your pet should have at least one annual animal teeth cleaning, and you should avoid feeding table food to your pets. Additionally, you should brush your pet’s teeth with an AVDC-approved, pet toothpaste at least twice per week. Some additional products, such as Greenies, are an excellent way of curbing the buildup of tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth as well.

What Are the Signs of Pet Dental Problems?

You may notice some changes in your pet’s typical behaviors when dental problems are present. Periodontal disease may also be identified, explains WebMD, by the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath.
  • Bleeding and inflamed gums.
  • Loose and missing teeth.
  • Blood in the water dish and on chew toys.
  • Excessive chewing on toys and other items.
  • Making noises when eating and drinking.
  • Swollen pockets and bumps in the mouth and on the cheeks.
  • Avoiding touching on the head.
  • Excessive sneezing, nasal discharge, or difficulty breathing.

What Is the Treatment For Pet Dental Disease?

The treatment for dental disease in pets depends on the progression of the illness. Some teeth may need to be removed.  Teeth may require sealants and a thorough animal teeth cleaning. Your pet may be given antibiotics prior to dental work to reduce the chance of spreading the dental infection. Additionally, you will need to perform some home dental hygiene for your pet, such as brushing his teeth and giving medication.

Although periodontal disease remains the most prevalent health condition for US pets, it’s completely avoidable with proper, routine dental screening and total health checkups. If you have noticed any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your pet, contact University Animal Hospital for a dental consultation today.



International Health Certificate | University Animal Hospital NYC

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Every destination has different requirements to go along with your international health certificate

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“I has packed all of my things!”

So you have plans to travel to another country with your pet. You looked up the information but it seems confusing and complicated. Depending on where you plan to travel there are specific requirements and they’re all time-sensitive and overly specific. You’re feeling anxious because it seems like there are too many steps and you aren’t sure if you’ve completed them all.

At this moment you’re probably thinking “Great! He’s going to tell us exactly what we need to do! We should buy him a present!”

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For me!? You shouldn’t have…

You can lower your enthusiasm a tiny bit because this entry is not going to give you a breakdown of the exact protocol and procedure for traveling out of the country with your pet. You can feel free to still get me a present, though. I like presents.

“Why!? Why wouldn’t you want to tell us this information and just be done with it? Our tickets are booked and we just need some answers! Fluffy wants to see the Eiffel Tower! There’s no way you’re getting a gift now! We’d sooner toss it in the trash!”

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This is a sad image

Okay, that seems a little excessive. I like gifts. I’d love nothing more than to help you with this situation but the reason I can’t give you a simple list is because such a thing doesn’t really exist. Unfortunately pet travel is not simple.

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Step 1: Find and obtain treats Step 2: Pack treats Step 3: Obtain International Health Certificate Step 4: Eat Treats

The fact of the matter is that pet travel (out of the country, at least) is complicated. In order to fly outside of the country with your pet you aren’t so much following protocol from the USA — you’re following the protocol of the country you’re flying into. This means that different countries have different requirements. In some cases your pet might need to have seen a vet within ten days of arrival at your destination. In some cases it’s three days.

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If only this were doable. Would be so much easier.

Some countries require proof of de-worming at a certain point before travel. Other countries require your pet have a microchip implanted within a specific time-frame prior to your trip. There’s no easy answer for exactly what you’ll need but when you come in for an appointment to get your certificate the doctors will make sure everything you need to travel is in order. What I can guarantee is that in almost every situation you will require an international health certificate. That much I do know. So haul that present out of the garbage and send it on over.

The USDA maintains an online database for each country which breaks down specific requirements and provides the exact paperwork for that nation. Even these documents and requirements can change from time to time as individual countries update their standards, etc. The paperwork is essentially a legal document stating that a USDA accredited veterinarian examined your pet on a specific day and has deemed them fit for travel. All of our staff veterinarians are USDA accredited and are highly experienced filling out these forms. They know how to make the process as simple and stress free as possible for you.

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Our vets can handle all of this

I realize it’s a daunting task reading up on all the requirements and it can seem overwhelming. That is why our vets are here. Let them do all the work. These papers seem complicated and overly specific but our vets are used to filling them out and know what is required for wherever you are traveling to. We will find the necessary paperwork and handle everything we can

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There must be an easier way to pack…

5 Facts About Animal Teeth Cleaning

When pets have a chipped tooth, a loose tooth or a toothache, they have no way of telling their owners. Consequently, animal teeth cleaning is sometimes overlooked during pet grooming sessions. Just like humans suffer from oral diseases because they neglect to visit a dentist, animals may also suffer tooth decay, gum disease and extensive tooth loss if they don’t receive regular dental cleanings. We’ve put together 5 simple facts that pet

Animal Teeth Cleaning  Facts Vets Want You to Know  animal teeth cleaning

  1. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, drooling while holding food in the mouth or dropping food already in the mouth may indicate oral disease. Any pressure exerted on painful, decayed teeth or inflamed gums will cause an animal to release whatever is causing the pressure. Other symptoms of oral disease in pets that owners often fail to recognize include chronic eye infections, frequent sneezing, nasal discharge and chewing on one side of the mouth.
  2. A research paper published in Veterinary World reports a positive correlation between dogs suffering periodontal disease and instances of chronic kidney disease. This correlation was attributed to the presence of inflammatory bacteria in the bloodstream caused by untreated periodontitis.
  3. Root canal therapy is applicable to dogs suffering dental pulp infections, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. A pet dentist performs a root canal procedure on canine teeth similar to how it is performed on human teeth, by cleaning out the infected pulp, filling the hole with amalgam or composite filling and capping the tooth.
  4. Pets develop oral diseases when biofilms composed of proteins, dead cells and food debris accumulate on dental enamel and harden into plaque. Unless removed by an animal teeth cleaning specialist, plaque develops into an even harder substance called calculus that cannot be removed by brushing.
  5. The American Veterinary Dental College warns against using human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth because of detergents and abrasives found in human toothpastes that should not be inhaled or swallowed by pets. Pet-specific toothpastes containing safe ingredients are available in meat flavors palatable to dogs and cats.

How Does a Pet Dentist Clean Animal Teeth?

Following a physical examination and blood testing to thoroughly assess an animal’s health, your pet’s mouth is then x-rayed using cutting-edge dental technology that detects problems not readily visible by just looking at the animal’s teeth and gums. For example, oral x-rays allow a pet dentist to see decayed areas between teeth, jawbone damage caused by infections or cysts and tumors developing within the gums. By finding dental issues in their earliest stages, veterinarians can initiate preventive care so that your pet doesn’t suffer from periodontitis or other chronic health conditions.

Pets Getting Their Teeth Cleaned Will Need to Spend a Day in an Animal Hospital

Cleaning an animal’s teeth requires putting the animal to sleep so that it can be done properly while reducing stress for the animal.  Following completion of a dental cleaning procedure, pets are kept for observation for a short time until the vet releases them to their owners.

Things to Consider When Visiting an Animal Hospital

You take your pet to your veterinarian to keep him or her healthy. You need to make sure that your keep your furry family member safe while traveling and during your visit. Follow a few simple tips to make the trip to an animal hospital easier for you and your pet.

Regular Veterinarian Visits

Begin your trip the right way with your pet secure on the trip to your veterinarian’s office. Cats should always be in a carrier. While cardboard carriers are fine for kittens or temporary transport, this type may not be secure enough for a full-grown cat. A loose pet can become injured in a sudden stop or interfere with your driving.

If your dog is used to car travel, he or she can ride without restraint. However, unless you have someone to assist you, a cage is recommended. Cats and dogs can often become startled by noises and run away when you open the door. Place one of your pet’s favorite toys or a blanket in the cage or next to them for extra comfort.

Unless you go to a specialist, the office you visit will likely be seeing several other pets at the same time. Pets that are transported in a carrier should be left in it until you are in a secure exam room. Dogs should be kept on a leash in the waiting area. Unless you know that other pets in the area are healthy, keep your furry friend away from them for safety.

If you are going in for a pet grooming appointment, have a clean towel ready to line the cage or vehicle seat when you leave. This will keep your pet cleaner after your visit.

Emergency Animal Hospital Trips

If you are making an emergency trip to a pet hospital, you may not have the usual preparation time. You still need to keep your pet secure and as comfortable as possible. Keep in mind that an injured animal may lash out in pain, so do warn anyone assisting you. If you do not have a comfortable carrier readily available, use a blanket or large, soft towel to cushion your pet.

Remember that you know your pet best, but under unusual situations you furry friend can become startled. Calming vests are available for both dogs and cats if your pet is especially anxious going to an animal hospital. If you have concerns about getting safely to our office, talk to us. We can offer you ideas or medications if necessary.

Distemper and Parvovirus | University Animal Hospital NYC


(the puppy vaccines) ARE IMPORTANT

So you’ve got a new puppy. Besides the cuddly new furry being you now have sharing your home and demanding 98% of your attention you have an assortment of information flooding your brain, from various sources, on how to properly care for your critter. Tips on feeding, leash training, potty training and vaccine information is becoming overwhelming you and you can’t be sure what is important.


There’s too much! Too much I tell you!

Why does your fuzzy child require vaccinations? Isn’t your new pet just a cute and cuddly little stuffed animal?

Scamps Stuffed

Who DIDN’T have one of these?

Not exactly.

Your fuzzy friend is alive. This means he or she is susceptible to all of the health complications we deal with as humans. They can have allergies. They can get diseases and they can become sick just like we do. One of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid the most common illnesses is to have your pet routinely vaccinated.


A vaccinated dog is a prepared dog

If you purchased your dog from a pet store or a breeder you may be overwhelmed by the amount of vet visits and puppy vaccinations you’re told you must go through with your new puppy. It seems like you’re back at the vet almost every month. Fear not. After the first round of puppy shots are done you only have to do it once a year going forward. These initial shots, however, need to be given every 3-4 weeks (usually starting with week 8) in puppies to build up their immunity. Expect around three visits for these vaccines alone.


It’s a lot of vet visits the first year

The canine distemper vaccine is usually a combination of vaccines in a single injection that protects against an assortment of serious and potentially lethal diseases.
Have you ever read “Canine Distemper,” DHPP, DA2PP, DHPPV or DA2PPV on your pet’s paperwork and wondered what exactly all those random letters meant? I’ll do my best to break it down for you.
D = Canine Distemper Virus. A highly contagious disease with a high (nearly 50%) mortality rate in untreated dogs and puppies (80%). This virus targets the digestive, respiratory, brain and nervous system of your pup.
H and A2 = Hepatitis. Often referred to as A2 (it protects against canine adenovirus-1 and adenovirus-2) Adenovirus-1 protects against hepatitis which affects the liver. Adenovirus-2 protects against respiratory disease.
P = Parvovirus. Highly contagious (with a mortality rate near 90% in untreated dogs) – attacks the digestive and immune system in unvaccinated dogs.
P = Parainfluenza. Protects against respiratory disease in dogs.


“Why you need poke me with tiny pointy stick?”

So why are these so important to protect against?

Besides the already mentioned high mortality rates in pets that contract these contagious diseases it’s important to note that many of these diseases have no effective treatment beyond supportive care. Vaccinating is the most effective and healthy way to protect your pet.

How Might My Dog Contract Parvovirus / Distemper?

Direct contact with the Parvovirus is the most common way it is spread. It’s usually shed in the stool of an infected dog. The virus can survive in grass and on other surfaces for multiple years. Distemper is an airborne virus and just being around other dogs can spread it. It can also spread through infected urine and feces. Even during the recovery period dogs can still shed the virus despite showing no symptoms.


“Do you guys think one of us has Distemper or Parvovirus right now?”

If you have questions or concerns the best course of action is to consult with one of our staff veterinarians and discuss with them how to best proceed with your furry child.

Pet Grooming and Pet Health Can Go Hand in Hand

An all-inclusive pet hospital also takes care of many things that help keep your dog healthy.  In addition to checkups, vaccinations and emergency care animal hospitals often offer pet grooming as well. Getting a checkup for your pet is a good excuse to get your pet groomed at the same time.

Pet Grooming is Important

Cat grooming and dog grooming is not only a matter of making your pet look his best. Being well groomed can also prevent some minor health issues. A dog with long hair often has eyebrows, if you will, that can touch and scratch sensitive eyes and lead to eye infections, irritations, or actually damage his sight. Pet grooming includes trimming the hair near your dog’s eyes to avoid the health problems associated with it. You can examine your pet’s eyes to determine if he needs to go to the animal hospital for eye care. The ASPCA has a check list of things to look for in your pet. If you gently pull the lower eyelid down, you should see pink in the bottom of the eyelid. If the color of the lining is red or white, your pet should be examined by a veterinarian. Other items to watch for are watery eyes, a colored discharge, eyes that are closed, a visible third eyelid, cloudy eyes or a change in eye color. Any of these items warrant a visit to your vet for a diagnosis and treatment.

Clipping or plucking ear hair from the inside of your pets ears not only makes his grooming look professional, but it protects him from ear infections. Dogs with flop ears or lots of ear hair are the most prone to ear infections due to the lack of air to the inside of the ear. According to Dr. Henry Cerny, DVM who writes articles for Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer, the signs to look for include a dog pawing at his ear, rubbing his head on the floor or ground and head shaking. You may notice a bad odor in your dog’s ear or see redness and swelling that indicates an ear infection. If your dog or cat has these symptoms he will need a veterinarian visit including a culture from his ear to examine under a microscope and determine which type of ear infection he has, bacterial or fungal for the proper medication.

According to Dr. Debora Lichtenburg, VDM, cats are more prone to having ingrown dew claws when they are not trimmed appropriately by grooming them. An ingrown claw grows in a circle and enters the paw pad to cause great pain to an animal. Regular pet grooming can avoid this type of incident that requires medical attention.

Animal Teeth Cleaning Promotes Good Pet Health

A pet dentist doesn’t only keep your dog or cat’s teeth pearly white, but it has many other benefits. According to Dr. Brett Beckham, DVM “More than 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by the time they reach the age of 3 years.” This is a progressive dental disease because dog’s have a more alkaline mouth and usually don’t get their teeth brushed on a daily routine. This all leads to thick tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth that can infect gums and cause pain when he eats. Many dog’s end up loosing teeth and then can only eat a soft diet. Routine teeth cleaning is generally done under anesthesia so your pet is comfortable. The benefits of animal teeth cleaning along with x-rays and an oral examine can detect dental abnormalities at an early stage to take care of them.

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