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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These Are A Few Of Your Favorite Things: Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

The year is rapidly coming to a close, and there’s still lots of holiday hustle and bustle. But at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we’re taking a pause to be grateful for all that 2018 has given us. It has been a busy and exciting year, full of learning and growing together with you and your pets, and for that we couldn’t be more grateful!

Speaking of learning, we have loved brainstorming, writing, and publishing this blog for you. Our goal is to write about topics that interest, inspire, and educate Park Slope pet owners. To that end, we’ve compiled the top 5 blogs of 2018 that you’ve seemed to enjoy the most.

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Pet Nutrition: Is a Grain-Free Diet Good or Bad?

Avoid a grain-free diet for pets for proper pet nutrition.

Remember when the Atkins diet was all the rage? It was soon replaced by the South Beach diet which was later supplanted by the Paleo diet. And there’s vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets to choose from as well. Lately, it seems that going “grain-free” is thing to do, and according to proponents of this lifestyle, eliminating grains like wheat, rice, millet, corn, barley, and oats, reduces symptoms of various conditions. But what happens when this human diet is applied to pet nutrition?

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Laser Therapy for Pets: Battling Pain and Helping Them Heal

Laser therapy for pets is great for pet pain management

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, helping our patients live long, healthy, and happy lives is our top priority, and we pride ourselves on constantly searching for new ways to achieve this goal. Recent advances in pain management, postoperative recovery, and the treatment of chronic and age-related conditions has revolutionized our ability to help our patients heal. Laser therapy for pets is one such modality that we’re excited to share with our readers!

A High-Tech Approach to Healing

Although it may sound complicated or even far fetched, laser therapy for pets (also called cold laser or low level laser therapy) is really quite simple. A handheld laser tool is used to employ a deep penetrating beam of light to a targeted area. This light energy promotes a chain of chemical reactions in the cells known as photobiostimulation, which relieves pain and speeds up the healing process. Laser therapy for pets provides relief in the following ways:

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