Posts from August, 2018
With the arrival of tick medications like Bravecto (which is taken once every 3 months and can totally kill ticks), it is possible to avoid the unpleasantness of the “icky” tick. However, if your pet hasn’t been on an effective medication, beware. Because in the case of ticks, they’re everywhere! They lie in wait on tall grass and brush, are predominant in wooded areas, and active all year except winter, so it’s a good idea to know the score about removing a tick from a pet.
The Yuck Factor
Few bugs inspire such hatred from people. Related to spiders and mites, ticks are found around the world and throughout North America. The difference between these arachnids is that ticks are parasitic blood-suckers that just so happen to spread terrible diseases (like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever). Read the rest of this entry »
Can you name the 3 problems seen in these pictures?
1. These teeth are YELLOW – But why?
This puppy was given tetracycline (a type of antibiotic) as a puppy. This type of antibiotic causes a PERMANENT color change to the tooth enamel making those chompers look bright yellow! Read the rest of this entry »
By Dr. Susan Garlinghouse
Most pet owners are aware that dogs and cats need dental care during their lifetime, but did you know that dental disease is amongst the most common problems in rabbits as well? Yes, rabbits need dentistry, too!
Rabbits are different from most other pet species, in that their teeth grow continuously throughout their entire life. This is an adaptation due to the high fiber diet they eat in the wild, requiring more chewing and resulting in increased wear. This constant growth is true not only for the front incisors, but the molars and ‘cheek teeth’ as well. Read the rest of this entry »