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Pet Dental Health Month Dog with Moderate Dental Tartar Periodontal Disease

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month How would you feel if you had these symptoms: Really bad breath Loose or broken teeth Lack of appetite, weight loss, and/or dropping food Red, swollen, painful, bleeding gums What if it was your 3 year-old child who was having these issues? You wouldn’t hesitate…you’d get the problems fixed and make sure to use good dental hygiene so you don’t have more problems in the future. Right?   Your pet’s dental health is no less important. Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by age 3 (source: American Veterinary Medical Association, 2017)? That’s why we encourage every owner to have us regularly examine your pet's teeth and perform regular professional dental cleanings.   February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Test your pet dental health knowledge with this true/false quiz:   True or false -- If my pet’s...

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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture (CrCL) in Dogs

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture (CrCLR) is the most common orthopedic condition affecting dogs in North America. This ligament is found in the knee and is known as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans. Large breed and very active dogs are more likely to get injured just as much as older and overweight pets. However, dogs of any age and breed can rupture their ligament in one or both knees. Some of them are more susceptible to this condition because of an abnormal conformation of their knee. A torn CrCL makes the knee unstable and causes a significant amount of pain to the point that the dog will have trouble walking properly. If treatment is delayed for too long, the lack of stability in the joint will further damage other structures such as the meniscus (additional pain) and ultimately lead to osteoarthritis, which will further compromise...

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