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VOHC – A Seal Of Approval to Look Out For When Buying Pet Dental Products


Every Pet Owner Should Know What VOHC Is

If your pets have teeth — which I hope they do — then you should be happy to know that, along with your veterinarian, there is an independent organization that can also help you decide if the food, treats, and other products you’re buying to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy will actually perform as advertised. Which is a pretty important thing to know, don’t you think? And fortunately, they’ve made it easy for you, too!  

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet dental, dog teeth cleaning, cat teeth cleaning, Dog, Cat

Bad Breath... It's NOT Always Their Teeth


Bad Teeth Aren't The Only Cause of Bad Breath

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's the perfect time to shatter a commonly held misconception about bad breath in cats and dogs.

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Topics: pet teeth cleaning, pet dental, Dog, Blog, Cat, Bad Breath

Pet Dentals – Why X-Rays Are Needed


A picture is worth a 1,000 words

Seeing as how it’s National Pet Dental Health month, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention an important and oft-unthought-of aspect of having your pet’s teeth evaluated and cleaned.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet dental

Minimizing the Risks of Anesthesia in Dogs


Anesthesia is like any medical procedure—there are benefits and risks, and death can occur under anesthesia. Approximately one in 1,000 healthy cats and one in 2,000 healthy dogs die under anesthesia each year. While any anesthetic-related deaths are unacceptable, these incidence rates are actually quite low. But of course, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. One of the reasons we still see deaths related to anesthetic procedures is because not all practices are actively taking all of the steps necessary to reduce anesthetic risk.

This article will help you understand the process of anesthesia, and empower you to ask the important questions of your pet’s medical team to help minimize your pet’s anesthetic risk.

The Anesthetic Process

Anesthesia occurs in several steps, with opportunities at each step to minimize risks for your pet.  Below I present a simple outline of the steps involved in anesthesia. 

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Topics: anesthesia free teeth cleaning for dogs, pet dental services, pet dental, Anesthesia, Pain management, Surgery

Why it’s Important to Have Your Dog's Dental Cleanings Performed Under Anesthesia


Just like people, pets often have problems with gum disease and plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. In fact, by three years of age a majority of dogs and cats will have mild-to-moderate dental disease that would benefit from a comprehensive oral examination and treatment performed under general anesthesia.  Left untreated, dental disease can lead to more serious health complications, some of which may extend far beyond your pet’s teeth.  For many reasons, it truly is important to include dental care as part of your pet’s overall preventive health care program.

The benefits of routine dental hygiene include reduced bad breath, better overall health, decreased pain, increased longevity, and reduced pet health care bills down the road.

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Topics: Dogs, anesthesia free teeth cleaning for dogs, teeth cleaning for dogs, pet dental services, dogs teeth cleaning, pet teeth cleaning, pet dental, dog teeth cleaning, cleaning dogs teeth

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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