February is Pet Dental Month 10% off your pets dental cleaning during the month of February!

Take a few moments and lift your pet's lips. What you should notice is a mouth full of white, shiny teeth. What do you see?

Most pets will be suffering from different degrees of gingivitis and periodontal disease. The brown to black build up on the teeth, the receding gum lines, and the bad breath are all indicators that your pet is suffering from dental disease. Dental disease is often overlooked until it is too late.

Not only will this cause your pet bad breath and tooth loss, but it can cause serious diseases such as heart failure and bacterial blood infections. Plaque seeds bacteria into the blood stream and can lead to serious problems. Dental disease is also very painful for your pet. Think of how irritating it was the last time that you had a popcorn kernel embedded under your gum. Now, imagine the discomfort that your pet feels with tartar and plaque creeping between its teeth and gums.

Do not fret! There is hope! Periodic dental cleanings can significantly reduce plaque build-up on your pet's teeth, thereby preventing dental disease and the associated complications.

The cleaning is performed while your pet is under anesthesia to enable a safe, thorough cleaning. A machine called an ultrasonic descaler quickly removes visible tartar and plaque. Special instruments called curettes are used to remove tartar and plaque that have already begun working under the gums. Once the teeth are cleaned, the next step is a thorough polishing of all the teeth surfaces. This whitens the teeth and smooths the surface to help prevent plaque from reestablishing itself. Lastly, the teeth are treated with fluoride, which gives them strength and helps to prevent cavities.

Once your pet goes home, not only will its teeth be cleaner and its breath smell fresher, but it will feel better and be much healthier.

Annual Heartworm Testing and Preventive Screening

At Mancelona Veterinary Hospital we keep you updated about the most current veterinary profession recommendations regarding the care of your pet. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has made a few new recommendations that we feel make good sense for the health of your pet and are not too costly to have done.

The first recommendation is yearly heartworm checks. We have begun using a test that not only checks your pet for heartworm, but it also detects Lyme Disease and two other tick causing diseases, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia. With winters becoming less severe, ticks are flourishing in Northern Michigan and unfortunately, they are exposing some of our pets to the diseases they carry. With this new heartworm test, we will be able to scan for these diseases before your pet begins to show symptoms and suffer from the chronic illnesses that can be caused by them.

Our pets are like infants. They can’t tell us if they are feeling under the weather or if they are in pain. That is, until the condition is severe enough that they begin to exhibit symptoms that we can see. Unfortunately, by that time, your pet has progressed to the point that treatment is more expensive and its health could be severely compromised.

To get a better idea of what is going on inside your pet at this time, and to potentially head off problems before they reach this point, we recommend a preventive health care screen. These are lab tests that examine the overall health of your pet’s internal organs and individual blood levels. By finding undesirable changes early in the disease’s process, we can often take steps to slow down or even reverse it. Your veterinarian and technician will go over our recommendations regarding the best panel of tests for your individual pet based on its breed, age, and lifestyle.


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