Tips and Tricks to Calm a Hyper Pet

Jumping dogA hyperactive pet can inspire both amusement and sheer exasperation in their people. But, even owners who accept the antics of their hyper pet can eventually reach a point of irritation. If you suspect that your pet may be a little too adept at bouncing off the walls; hyperactivity may be to blame for his or her behavior.

The good news is, this condition doesn’t have to continue, and your West Park Animal Hospital team is here to help you understand how to calm a hyper pet. Continue reading

The Importance of Pet Grooming

WestPark_iStock_000021553789_LargeHave you ever noticed that well-groomed pets appear healthier and more comfortable than others? A pet whose owner spends time and resources to wash, brush, or trim might even look dazzlingly smug…The pretty Persian or debonair Dachsund are surely lucky to receive special attention for such vital treatment, but beyond that, the result of proper pet grooming is greater health, especially during the cold winter months. Continue reading

How to Feed Rabbits: Building a Healthy Foundation

Rabbits' hutchAny exotic pet owner knows how important diet can be for the health and happiness of their pet, and rabbits are no exception to this rule. Feeding your pet rabbit a good quality diet is a cornerstone for successful care, but many people are unclear on how to feed rabbits appropriately. Read on to be sure you are feeding your bunny the right way. Continue reading

Chocolate Dangers for Dogs: Tasty Trouble

chocolate truffleWe all know our dogs will eat just about anything. From our brand new shoes to our three-day old socks, even the most well behaved pooch can occasionally find something that is just too hard to resist. As such, it’s no surprise that something as delicious as chocolate can be too much to for our four-legged friends to ignore! And, as Valentine’s day approaches, Americans are poised to bring a steady supply of the stuff home, making increased awareness of the chocolate dangers for dogs a must.

The dangers of chocolate are fairly well known to dog owners. Chocolate contains caffeine and a compound called theobromine, both of which are a danger to dogs and cats. While cats don’t seem particularly fond of chocolate, we do know that some dogs will rip the house apart to find any amount.   Continue reading

Pet Dental Health: Why it Matters

WestPark - Leon_iStock_000031982520_Large (1)It’s easy to underestimate the importance of a pet’s dental hygiene – that is until a problem pops up. Sadly, that doggie breath that you’ve come to know and love is usually the first indication that something is amiss with your pet’s oral health, and could signal a dangerous, not to mention costly, disease.

A vast majority of pets have some form of dental disease, but we can change those statistics with a little elbow grease and dedication. Together, let’s change the fate of your pet’s future and add dental care to the list of health requirements.

Pet Dental Health – The Missing Link

It makes sense that an infection in the mouth can affect other parts of the body, such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. The link between oral health and certain medical conditions like diabetes and cancer undoubtedly gets our attention and we spend considerable time examining the teeth, gums, and mouths of our furry friends.

Dental disease is the most common disease we see and treat. Any of the following symptoms should be treated expeditiously:

  • Foul breath (halitosis)
  • Drooling
  • Broken or worn teeth
  • Bleeding from mouth
  • Loss of appetite or eating difficulty
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Swollen mouth, gums, or jaws
  • Inflamed gums
  • Pain while eating
  • Behavioral changes

Following your pet’s wellness exam, we may recommend a specific cleaning schedule, at-home dental care routine, or special treatment. Digital x-rays give us enormous insight into your pet’s present dental health and help us see exactly what your pet needs.

A Cause For Concern?

Of course, it can be frightening for pets and their owners to undergo anesthesia for a dental cleaning or procedure. True, anesthesia is not without risk and we take that seriously before administering it. Through blood work, we will be able to ascertain how strong your pet is and what level of anesthesia will be necessary.

The benefits related to a dental cleaning or procedure far outweigh the risk of anesthesia and we will work with you and your pet closely to make sure he or she remains safe at all times.

Brushing Routine

Dedicated care at home is another vital piece of your pet’s dental care puzzle. Daily brushing is highly recommended to help prevent plaque and tartar build-up, bad breath, and oral infections.

By investing in your pet’s dental health now, you are actively reducing the risk of decay leading to heart, kidney, and liver disease. We will advise you on the best ways to brush your pet’s teeth and, if you meet resistance, don’t give up! Your pet needs you to follow through and keep trying. Check out these informative links to support brushing your cat’s or dog’s teeth.

Why Pet Dental Care Counts

The field of pet dentistry is growing by leaps and bounds and all that we know now can only benefit pets. The combination of keeping up with regular wellness visits paired with adopting preventative dental care practices at home will extend your pet’s precious life.

Keeping your pet happier and pain-free is what it’s all about and we are here to answer any questions, or schedule your pet’s dental examination.