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Dental Implants in Dogs and Cats

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Dental Implants are used extensively used in human medicine to replace lost teeth. The reasons for performing implants in people include the following: maintaining the position of the remaining teeth, maintaining bone height, improving mastication of food, and cosmetic value. Dogs and cats have very different dental and facial anatomy compared to humans, and because…

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Jessie’s Story

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Meet Jessie, one of our sweetest patients. I admittedly love all of our patients, but Jessie was a special girl. Her story was somewhat unbelievable and despite her past cruel treatment, she had the sweetest demeanor. She is a true testament to the loving and forgiving nature of dogs. Jessie was brought to our hospital…

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Discolored Teeth

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Discolored Teeth  In a veterinary practice, it is not uncommon to see discolored teeth in our patients. There are many causes of discoloration, including trauma, infection, metabolic disease, or drug-induced. When evaluating discolored teeth, many things should be taken into consideration including age, history, overall health, and how long the tooth/teeth have been discolored. All…

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Halitosis/Bad Breath

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What does it mean if my dog or cat has bad breath? There can be many causes of bad breath (halitosis), including GI disease, kidney disease, and lung disease, but the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. When plaque bacteria build-up on the teeth, they break down food particles and produce smelly sulfur compounds.…

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Safe and Appropriate Chew Toys for Dogs

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Fractured teeth are commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. If the pulp is exposed, fractured teeth are very painful and lead to infection if untreated. In most cases, fractured teeth are caused by chewing on inappropriately hard objects (objects that are harder than the teeth). The function of dog and cat dentition is to grasp, pull,…

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Fractured Teeth

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Fractured teeth are a common finding in veterinary medicine. Often fractured teeth go unnoticed unless the injury is directly observed. For that reason, veterinarians often identify the fractured teeth incidentally on general routine examination. What causes broken teeth? In dogs, fractured teeth are most often caused by chewing on inappropriately hard objects, such as elk…

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Periodontal Disease

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What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases diagnosed in dogs and cats. Simply put, it is a disease caused by the build-up of plaque along the gumline. Plaque is a sticky material that builds up on teeth and contains millions of bacteria that are protected within the plaque biofilm.…

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Signs of dental disease in dogs and cats

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When it comes to signs of dental disease in dogs and cats, please think about the following: 1st– Cats and dogs are notoriously good at hiding signs of pain. That is their nature! They rarely show obvious signs of dental disease. 2nd– Eating is an incredibly strong drive for all animals, and our domestic dogs…

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Anesthesia: Safety

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Safety of anesthesia: Many dog and cat owners are extremely concerned when their furry family member has to undergo anesthesia.  Of course there are inherent risks of anesthesia, which will be discussed below, but more often than not, the benefits of properly treating dental disease far outweigh the risks of anesthesia. There are two major…

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Anesthesia: Why is it required for proper dental care?

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Why is anesthesia required for my dog/cat’s dental care? Diagnosis in human dentistry usually starts with what hurts. The dentist sprays cold water on a sensitive tooth and you say “Ouch!” A patient’s symptoms are critical to the diagnostic process. But because animals cannot tell us how they feel, veterinarians must look for other diagnostic…

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