Articles with dental disease

Is Bad Breath an Emergency?

When I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, at the end of each chapter I included a little call-out when each of them might be an emergency. Well, I meant to. There were some chapters where I skipped it because while some of the symptoms might almost never be an emergency, under certain conditions, they could be. When…

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Talking Teeth

by Nancy Kay, DVM   Is your dog’s bad breath sabotaging your cuddle time? Is your kitty drooling while nibbling her kibble? If so, your four-legged family member likely has dental disease. A recent study of Banfield Pet Hospital’s 770-hospital network identified dental disease as the most common malady among pets, affecting 68 percent of cats and 78 percent of dogs…

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Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleaning

by Nancy Kay, DVM  It’s natural to have concerns about general anesthesia, whether for ourselves or for our beloved dogs. After all, no matter how young and healthy the patient, there is always some associated risk. For this reason, anesthesia-free dental cleaning for dogs has become more and more popular. And with no anesthesia, the cost of cleaning Fido’s or…

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Bad Breath in Dogs: When Bad Breath Can Kill!

Fortunately, lately, there is an increased awareness of the importance of taking care of our dog’s teeth. I am not going to get into a controversial debate on raw versus commercial food here, nor am I going to try to settle what is the best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. Let’s leave that for another time. What I’m…

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