Pet Dental Health Month

    Did you know that according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by age three more than half of dogs and cats suffer from dental problems. By the time they turn four, at least 85% show signs of periodontal disease (gum disease), a condition caused by plaque.   That is why here at Arcata Animal Hospital we recommend regular brushing of your pet’s teeth and yearly examinations to evaluate your pet’s dental health followed by routine dental cleanings under anesthesia by one of our veterinarians.   Dental disease is painful for your pet and can cause a multitude of problems, including heart and liver infections. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home goes a long way toward preventing disease and tooth loss, but it is not enough.   Like people, pets need professional dental exams and cleanings in order to avoid tooth decay. However, dogs and cats are significantly less willing to sit still for 45 minutes of scraping and polishing. Although your veterinarian can perform a basic oral exam while your pet is awake, an anesthetic is required for thorough examinations and dental cleanings. Dental cleanings that are done without an anesthetic will make your pet’s teeth prettier, but not healthier. Without anesthesia, it isn’t possible to clean the inside surfaces of the teeth or under the gums where periodontal disease develops.   Remember, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s mouth for signs of dental disease not only because it can be painful, but also because poor dental health is often associated with poor overall health. Open your furry friend’s mouth today and take...

Happy Paw-lidays!!!

‘Tis the season for parties, family and friends, good food and all things glittery.  But remember all the holiday cheer can make for a stressful time for Fido or Fluffy or even lead to a trip to the emergency room for them.  Not something you want to be doing this time of year and not something they want to be experiencing this time of year. So from our friends at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association): Share this:EmailLike this:Like...

November is Fresh Breath Month

  Did you know that according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by age three more than half of dogs and cats suffer from dental problems. By the time they turn four, at least 85% show signs of periodontal disease (gum disease), a condition caused by plaque.   That is why here at Arcata Animal Hospital we recommend regular brushing of your pet’s teeth and year examinations to evaluate your pet’s dental health followed by routine dental cleanings under anesthesia by one of our veterinarians. Dental disease is painful for your pet and can cause a multitude of problems, including heart and liver infections. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home goes a long way toward preventing disease and tooth loss, but it is not enough. Like people, pets need professional dental exams and cleanings in order to avoid tooth decay. However, dogs and cats are significantly less willing to sit still for 45 minutes of scraping and polishing. Although your veterinarian can perform a basic oral exam while your pet is awake, an anesthetic is required for thorough examinations and dental cleanings. Dental cleanings that are done without an anesthetic will make your pet’s teeth prettier, but not healthier. Without anesthesia, it isn’t possible to clean the inside surfaces of the teeth or under the gums where periodontal disease develops.   Remember, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s mouth for signs of dental disease not only because it can be painful, but also because poor dental health is often associated with poor overall health. Open your furry friend’s mouth today and take a look inside. ...

Trick-or-Treat Pet Safety

Halloween Safety Tips Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents With Halloween just round the corner many of us may be thinking about what cute, scary, cleaver costume Fido might wear this year.  We wish everyone a very enjoyable and frightful Halloween.  However, to ensure Fluffy and Fido also enjoy the evening please keep these tips in mind. 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian 707-822-2402 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. 2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. 3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock. 4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. 5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer...

Last hurrah of the summer!

  Summer is winding toward an end here on the north coast.  School will start soon for many of our kids.  HSU and CR students are returning to the area in preparation for school starting on August 20.  The days are not nearly as long as they were last month.  The nights not nearly so warm.  This is the time of year when we contemplate one last vacation. But where to go?  What to do?  Where to stay?  How about somewhere Fido or Fluffy could go too.  No need to hire a pet sitter just hop in the car and go. More and more hotels and destinations have begun to cater to people traveling with pets. In some cases, entire regions are welcoming pets. Northern California’s Mendocino County is so pet-friendly that it has named a Cairn Terrier, Hairy Putter, their Official Canine Ambassador (Hairy has a blog at www.HairysBlog.com that reviews area restaurants, wineries and of course, off-leash beaches). Here’s a sampling of some of the nation’s pet-friendly destinations that can provide a memorable vacation experience for your entire family!  If not this summer perhaps plan for next summer.  Remember if traveling by airline to check with your airline carrier to find out what requirements they have for your pet to travel with you. Silverton, Oregon: Perhaps it’s no surprise that Silverton, Ore., a 45-minute drive from Portland, is pet friendly. Silverton was the home of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who found his way home after being lost in Indiana six months earlier. A downtown mural depicts Bobbie’s journey, and Silverton hosts an annual Pet Parade (May 15...

International Assistance Dog Week August 5-11, 2012

August 5-11, 2012 is International Assistance Dog week.  Join us in celebrating by visiting Assistancedogweek.org to find out more about how you can honor the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. Check out the video below for more information on what assistance dogs do. Or visit the Working Like Dogs website for additional information about assistance dogs around the world, Service Dog Etiquette, service dog supplies and even a free app for locating animal relief areas in US airports.       Share this:EmailLike this:Like...
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