Healthy pets are happy pets. Dental health is critical to pets’ well-being. Veterinarians focus on oral health not just during the month of February, but with their patients all year long. What can owners do to keep their pet’s teeth healthy?
The most important thing a pet parent can do is schedule regular wellness appointments with their veterinarian. At that appointment, the veterinarian will examine the pet’s teeth, looking for healthy teeth and gums, and noting any signs of periodontal disease. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. It can sometimes be caused by other diseases or can lead to other problems. Prevention and early detection are key to your pet’s overall health.
Brushing your cat or dog’s teeth is also very important. Starting a kitten or puppy with an oral hygiene routine is obviously best, but an older cat or dog can be gently accustomed to tooth brushing with some patience. Start by finding an appropriate toothbrush or finger brush. Pets need a pet-appropriate toothpaste, not a human toothpaste that is not meant to be swallowed. Pet toothpaste come in a variety of pet-friendly flavors. Pet stores or your veterinarian can help you find toothbrush supplies. Start slowly. It’s ok to basically brush the outside of their teeth, especially at first or if they are uncooperative. Be patient!
Other dental-health aids include special supplements or treats meant to help with the build-up of plaque. The knowledgeable staff at your veterinarian’s office can help you find the best options for your pet. There are special dental diets available through prescription from your veterinarian as well. In addition, some toys may also help. Look for toys that encourage appropriate chewing while helping to “clean” teeth. As always, make sure any toy your give to your pet is safe for him or her. If you have any doubts, ask your veterinarian’s advice before giving it to them to play with.
Most pets have some beginning dental disease by 3 years old. Your veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning. Professional cleaning is essential to good oral hygiene and to preventing further disease. It is an investment into your pet’s overall health and well-being and it will help in avoiding future health problems.
Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.
We perform standard and specialized surgeries to address your pet’s health concerns, including spays, tumor removal, orthopedic surgeries, and more.
Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.
Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.
Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.
Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance: they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Protect your pet with preventative medicine.
Pocket pets have unique health needs. Our team addresses your pet’s health issues and develops a strategy, so they feel like their energetic self.
We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
Great veterinary service by wonderful people.
Switched to Blue Lake recently. I called on Tuesday to try and get our dog seen soon due to excessive itching, they were able to have him seen the next day! Highly impressed by Dr. Will. Thorough explanation of treatment and answered all my questions without feeling rushed.…
Thank you for making Truffles’ first vet visit such a positive experience. Everyone in the office is friendly and Dr. Heather is great. Truffles would like you to know that he makes no apologies for holding Dr. Heather hostage for extra cuddles after his exam.
Our Olive broke her leg in a freak accident playing with Mama Luci. Her care started out at the emergency hospital, but we asked Dr. Will and the staff at Blue Lake Animal to take over her continued care. We have been thrilled with the care and the…
Excellent first time experience. Friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. Dr Heather treated my cat for allergies in her ear which was inflamed with a bacterial infection. She took time to explain to me what caused it, gave her meds to take at home, and coated her inner ear to…
I love Blue Lake Animal Hospital. No matter how busy they are, they always take the time to help care for my Daisy dog. Everyone there is so nice and caring. Thank you! You are the best !!
The new ownership is great. We have used this facility for years. I highly recommend them.
Dr. Will and the staff at Blue Lake Animal hospital are phenomenal. They have taken wonderful care of my cats over the past year. Dr. Will is an extremely knowledgeable and competent vet. He always takes the time to listen to your questions and concerns. He gives thoughtful…
They are so caring and personal and even do follow-up calls. Dr. Will has a great sense of humor, which I love and truly cares about your pet baby. They do their best to fit you in for emergency calls too. LOVE THEM!!
Great place to go!