Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth: A Primer

We all love our pets, and we do our best to give them a happy and healthy life, but looking in their mouth may be one of the things we don’t even think about. Unless we’ve noticed less than fresh breath, so to speak, we may not realize that our pets have dental disease, one of the most common conditions affecting pets today.

So common, in fact, that by the age of 3, over 85% of pets have some form of dental disease. And dental disease is not only painful for your pet, it can cause swollen and bleeding gums, difficulty eating, bacterial infection in the mouth, and even systemic disease of the heart, liver, and kidneys.

In addition to regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings, brushing your pet’s teeth at home on a daily basis is one of the best ways to prevent the plaque and tartar buildup that causes dental disease. If you just rolled your eyes, laughed, or sighed when we mentioned brushing your pet’s teeth, bear with us! It’s really not as hard as you think, and we’re here to give you our best tips.

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Mozzarella, Cottage, and Roquefort: Can Pets Eat Cheese (and Should They)?

Can pets eat cheese?

We’re all tempted by delicious foods, but few are as satisfying to eat as cheese. Whether it’s goat, cow, sheep, yak, donkey, or camel, world milk production yields tons of sweet, salty, fatty cheeses. Aside from people, animals also show great interest in this savory, creamy, delicately-flavored dairy product. But just because most pets eat cheese, does that mean they should?

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Those Pearly Whites: All About Cat Dental Care

Cat dental care keeps your cat healthy

Cats are living longer now than they did 20 years ago, thanks to indoor living, better nutrition, and improved veterinary and home care. They are also considered to be fiercely independent, and we love that about them, but that may make it easier to overlook their health needs, including dental care.

By the time cats are 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. Not only that, but cats are susceptible to several dental problems specific to felines. So it pays to pay attention to this area, to help keep our cats comfortable and give them a healthier and happier life. Let Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital show you how to provide the best cat dental care for your feline friend.

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Winter Paw Care: How to Protect Your Dog’s Dogs

Winter paw care and pet paw care contribute to pet health

This time of year, you can find most of us bundled up before a fireplace, snuggling under the covers, or drinking something hot and steamy. However, our best canine friends still need to go outside periodically (and maybe some of us also enjoy a good romp in the snow or winter hike!). Of course, we know how to protect ourselves and keep warm during these blustery adventures, but what about our pets?

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we want to highlight how important winter paw care is this time of year. While your dog’s dogs can seem pretty resilient, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

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