Archive for April, 2013

Does your dog’s breath stink? There might be more to it than just a bad smell…

April 27, 2013
Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic “doggy breath” is not necessarily normal. It’s usually caused by an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth. Plaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. Left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days. The familiar brown, grey, or yellow staining commonly seen near the gum line is a sign of advancing disease.
B0051P0001Signs of dental disease include bad bath, red inflamed gums, loose teeth, tartar accumulation, and/or calculus on the teeth. Dental disease is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats.

The amount and severity of dental disease in our pets can be very surprising. The best way to reduce the risk of dental disease in pets is proper dental care. A simple and quick tooth brushing just 3 times a week can add years to your dog’s life, but the sad fact is that most dogs never even see a tooth brush. Luckily there are some easy and inexpensive ways to avoid the costly and dangerous issue of periodontal disease.

One of the best ways to reduce plaque and tartar (as well as nasty “doggy breath”) is to brush your dogs teeth daily or offer a toy that cleans your dog’s teeth as they chew.

Call today to schedule your FREE dental exam!

Remember that we are open late and on the weekends
to help care for your pet:

Monday – Friday:  7:30 AM – 10 PM
Saturday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday:  10 AM – 8 PM

Your friends @ the Animal Hospital of Polaris
www.animalhospitalofpolaris.com
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035
614-888-4050


We like to “treat” our pet with special treats…

April 3, 2013

The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular notion; however, it’s a dangerous practice and can be a serious threat to your pet’s health. Why are bones a bad treat for your furry friend?
Bones Dangerous to Dogs

  • Mouth or tongue injury.
  • Broken teeth.  This leads to expensive veterinary dentistry.
  • Bones can get caught or looped around your pet’s lower jaw.
  • Bones can also get caught in the esophagus or windpipe.
  • Constipation due to bone fragments.
  • Bones can get stuck in the intestines.

These are just a few of the possible tragedies that may come from our desire to “treat” our pets.

Remember that we are open late and on the weekends to help care for your pet:
Monday – Friday:  7:30 AM – 10 PM
Saturday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday:  10 AM – 8 PM

Your friends @ the Animal Hospital of Polaris
http://www.animalhospitalofpolaris.com
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035
614-888-4050