Ben’s Story: A true test of our mission

Ben is a 14 year old Dachshund that has a condition called Megaesophagus. This condition increases the risk of aspiration pneumonia especially during anesthesia. Ben had severe dental disease and a chronic, painful abscess that had to be treated for his quality of life. Read about how we managed this case for a very successful outcome.

Common Veterinary Dental Problems: Malocclusions

Malocclusion means abnormal or, literally, bad bite and it is a common problem treated in people with braces and other oral devices. Many people are aware that malocclusions occur in animals as well, but not everyone knows the problems that can arise from not treating them.

Feline Juvenile Gingivitis, Juvenile-onset Periodontitis, and Gingivostomatitis

Cats have their own unique set of dentistry problems and we are going to discuss a subset of those problems here that can cause severe pain for the patient and also a lot of confusion among the veterinary community.

Kelly’s Story: The transformation of a sweet old Sheltie

Kelly is a wonderful 10 year old Sheltie that came to see our dental service recently to assess and treat her terrible dental disease. One of Kelly’s owners had recently passed away and the remaining owner was unable to care for her.

Why are we talking about dentistry for dogs and cats anyway?

For this weeks post we decided to go back to the basics. We will discuss why dentistry is important in the first place for our small animal companions and what is involved in a proper, thorough dental procedure.

Gingival Hyperplasia

Gingival hyperplasia is a condition in which the gingiva or gum tissue overgrows and covers all or part of the crown of the tooth. This can be caused by genetic predisposition, with Boxers over-represented, or by some classes of medications.