Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Enrichment for Indoor Cats

Enrichment for Indoor Cats: We all know that the safest place for our feline friends is indoors. 

Cats that are allowed to roam could be exposed to deadly viruses, dangerous encounters with other animals and all types of trauma related accidents such as being hit by a car. However, there are safe ways that we can allow our cats fresh air from time to time.

For the luckiest of felines there are outdoor enclosures. Just do a google search or get on pinterest and search for cat enclosures and you will be amazed at what you will find.

Another option is a containment system in the backyard such as Cat Fence-In (www.catfencein.com). Kittens can be taught to walk with a leash and harness. This is best done with kittens before 14 weeks of age.

Just remember, cats are remarkable creatures and fantastic escape artists. Even with enclosures and containment systems, they should not be left unattended!

- Dr. Hurley 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dorothy Schuld-Johnson, LVT Featured in AAHA Trends Magazine

Animal Hospital of Rowlett Licensed Veterinary Technician, Dorothy Schuld-Johnson (bottom) was recently featured in American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) Trends Magazine. Way to go, Dorothy!
Animal Hospital of Rowlett Veterinary Clinic

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oral health month

October is Oral Health Month and you can SAVE MONEY with a discounted professional dental cleaning!  Call today to schedule your pet's appointment, as appointments fill up quickly.

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar and calculus. 
The first step in treating periodontal disease requires cleaning the teeth and surrounding tissues. Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare anesthesia, your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of your pet, perform blood work and discuss the procedure with you. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pet’s safety is our primary concern. After the teeth are cleaned, X-rays will be taken of the teeth to check for pathology hiding below the gum line.  Your veterinarian will discuss with you any other procedures that may need to be performed.  
Your veterinarian can take radiographs, like this one, to look for specific dental issues.
Your veterinarian will take
radiographs, like this one, to look for
specific dental issues hiding under the gum line. 

For more information about dental cleanings and other services provided by Animal Hospital of Rowlett/Animal Hospital of Heath, please visit www.ahrdvm.com or for an estimate you can reply to this email. 

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