Pet Health Tips

The team at Glastonbury Veterinary Hospital wants to give you all the tools you need for exceptional pet care. We want to make sure that all pet owners are equipped with the latest pet care information. Are you ready to help your pet lead a long, healthy life? Check out some of the most important seasonal pet health facts below!

How Can Dental Disease Affect my Pet?

Dental disease is one of the most common illnesses affecting our pets and many pet owners don’t even realize their pet has it! Dental disease can manifest itself in various ways, through stained teeth, bad breath, loose teeth, and more. When tartar and plaque, which can be full of bacteria, build up on the surfaces of your pet’s teeth and below their gums, the bacteria present can seep into their blood stream as well. Once there, your pet’s overall physical health can be seriously affected, carrying bacteria into their organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.

We always examine your pet’s teeth when they come in for a check-up. If signs of dental disease are recognized, we may prescribe a professional dental which will consist of:

  • A complete oral examination
  • Anesthesia
  • Cleaning to remove tartar and plaque buildup
  • Polishing to restore smooth surfaces and prevent future buildup
  • Extraction of diseased teeth that are beyond repair

Are Ticks Really Dangerous for my Pet?

Ticks are a common pest, often mentioned in conjunction with fleas, but in reality, they have very little in common with fleas. While fleas are biting pests that multiply quickly and spread, ticks are generally picked up one at a time. Pets may encounter ticks in grassy or wooded areas, such as:

  • Backyards
  • Bike trails
  • Forest preserves
  • Lake or river edges
  • Parks
  • Wooded trails

These pests will often be drawn to the warmer areas of your pet’s body, such as around the neck, behind the ears, beneath the tail, or under the legs near the abdominal area, but they can attach themselves anywhere on the skin.

A tick feeds on its host but may also make an exchange, passing diseases that it is carrying back to your pet! For this reason, ticks are extremely dangerous to our pets. We recommend that all pets be on a tick preventive product at all times to prevent them from acquiring dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease. Ticks are a year-round concern so it is important to never let your guard down or stop protecting your pet.

What Do I Need to Know About Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is passed through the bite of a deer tick and can be spread to humans as well as animals. The best prevention of Lyme disease is a tick preventive. When your pet is protected from ticks, a tick may still bite them, but they will be unable to remain attached to your pet long enough to pass a disease back to them.

Even if your pet is protected, we recommend removing any biting ticks that you find on your pet and bringing both your pet and the tick with you to our office for testing. Lyme disease can be dangerous, even deadly, but the changes of successful treatment and survival increase in cases of early detection.

For your pet’s protection, we offer a Lyme disease vaccination at our animal hospital. This can be administered if your pet is often exposed to ticks or areas where ticks may congregate. We recommend this vaccine to ensure that your pet is protected from disease in the event that they should encounter a tick.

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