The 1-2-3’s of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

A brown poodle holds a toothbrush in its mouth.

Pet dental problems, especially in adult and senior pets, are all too common. It is estimated that 34-40% of pets will have the development of dental problems by the time they are 3 years of age. This is because plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on the surface of the enamel (as you can imagine might if you never brushed your teeth).

To keep your pet’s teeth and oral health top of mind, the team at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice is here with some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth. And that is something to smile about!

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Why Blood Work Before Pet Dental Exams in Pets?

A vet examines a dog's teeth.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we are passionate about dental care for pets. We have likely educated you extensively about why regular dental examinations and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital to your pet’s health and well-being. 

What we are not always so vocal about, though, is how anesthesia is one of the most serious and important aspects of our daily practice. It is our mission to be sure that your pet’s experience under anesthesia is as safe as possible. Under our AAHA Accreditation we go the extra mile to make a difference to your pet’s care, and performing blood work before pet dental exams are one of those things.

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Festive Freak-Out: When Holidays Cause Stress in Pets

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For us, holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are a time to get together and celebrate. Through dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying big holiday meals, and adding festive decor around the home, what’s not to love? 

As wonderful as they are, holidays can also create anxiety in pets because there are major changes to the routine, as well as additional commotion and people that your furry one isn’t prepared for.

When holidays cause stress in pets it can put them at risk of escape and becoming lost. Not to mention, nobody enjoys feeling distressed! This is why your friends at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice want to step in and give you some recommendations on how to ease your pet into the holidays and create more harmony for them.

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When It Comes to Pet Prescriptions, We’ve Got You Covered

Most people can relate to the lackluster experience that is online shopping. Once the rush associated with a great deal or free shipping passes, we may be left with questions about quality. 

While many internet retailers boast excellent customer service, interfacing with someone in a completely different geographical location can be challenging, time-consuming and ineffective. When it comes to purchasing pet prescriptions online, things can get even more confusing.

So Many Needs

There are various pet prescriptions required for parasite prevention, arthritis, pain, cancer, inflammation, bacterial or fungal infections, and more.

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More Than Meets the Eye: Why X-Rays Are Important to Pet Dental Health?

During your pet’s routine wellness exam, we always take a peek inside their mouth. Among other items, we’re looking for evidence of dental disease, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and tartar accumulation. However, it’s precisely what we cannot see during a wellness check that can cause concern. 

That’s where dental x-rays come in. Since more than half of every tooth is concealed by gum tissue, we simply can’t know the extent of possible disease or injury. To truly understand and support pet dental health, x-rays are indispensable.

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Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice Reveals Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019!

This time of year, there’s always so much to be excited about. For one, the ups and downs of the holidays are over and we can look back at our own highs and lows of the previous year and do our best to focus on our goals for the future.

At no other time of the year do we take this kind of stock of the past, but it’s crucial in order to pivot and plan for the next 12 action-packed months.

When we look back, we cannot help but take a long hard look at our pet care blogs. Every month, we do our best to publish articles that we hope will hit home with our growing community of pet owners. We measure a blog’s popularity and have them ranked below for your own review of 2019.

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Grain-Free Pet Food: Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Among the boutique diets popular at the moment, gluten-free or grain-free is one of the top contenders. Feeding dogs a grain-free diet is also a growing trend, believed by many pet owners to be healthier and more like an animal’s ancestral diet. 

While it’s true that wolves and wild dogs probably don’t eat much in the way of grain, canines are omnivores, meaning that they should be getting their nutrients from a variety of foods. There is no evidence that fad diets, including grain-free dog food, is healthy for dogs. In some cases, it can even lead to devastating health consequences.

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Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

When it comes to caring for your pets, at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice we are always striving to provide the best. From our AAHA accreditation to our state of the art diagnostic offerings we are want to you and your pet to experience the most current care. 

Cold laser therapy is one more therapeutic option we have to offer our pet patients. Fewer of our clients are familiar with laser therapy as an option for helping their pet, so we thought we would take a few moments to better explain this valuable tool.

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The Essentials of an Avian Wellness Exam

Just as you visit your health care provider once a year for a check up, it’s important to have your bird’s annual physical exam on a regular basis. Many serious diseases are not visually apparent with birds, and they are masters at hiding any sign of disease from even a careful observer.

By bringing your bird to see us while they are well, we can prevent and detect any small problems before they become serious.

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Baby Steps To Great Puppy and Kitten Care

Are you enjoying your new puppy or kitten? Or perhaps you’re considering adding a new puppy or kitten to your family sometime soon. Whether you’re a new pet owner or a seasoned puppy and kitten rasier, we want to be your resource for pet care questions and advice.

Puppy and kitten wellness begins with an understanding that pets are most vulnerable to disease and parasites in their first year of life. We prioritize the health of these youngsters, beginning with proper nutrition, parasite prevention, and vaccine protocols. Read on for more information about the importance of puppy and kitten care.

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