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Do Pets need their teeth cleaned?
Both plaque and tartar damage the teeth and gums. Disease starts with the gums. They become inflamed - red, swollen, and sore. The gums finally separate from the teeth, creating pockets where more bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up. This in turn causes more damage, and finally tooth and bone loss. This affects the whole body, too. Bacteria from these inflamed oral areas can enter the bloodstream and affect major body organs. The liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs are most commonly affected. Antibiotics are used prior to and after a dental cleaning to prevent bacterial spread through the blood stream. Keeping your pet's teeth and gums in good shape has many health benefits in addition to the sparkling fresh breath.

Is Your Pet Licensed?
By licensing your animal you’re providing them a ticket home; that round, silver tag is their voice should they become lost. Even if your pet does not become lost, license fees help in other ways. Those fees rehabilitate sick, injured, and homeless animals into healthy and happy family members; provide nourishment, exercise, and behavioral enrichment to the animals in their care; fund Animal Protection & Control investigations into animal cruelty and neglect, providing emergency assistance, and upholding public safety; and provide routine veterinary procedures for the homeless animals that need it most.

How often should you take your pet to the vet?

Annual visits to the vet should be a part of every pet's schedule. Not only is it an opportunity to update necessary vaccinations, it is also wonderful preventative care. While we, as pet owners, don't always know the warning signs to look for in our pets, veterinarians do. They are trained to look for tiny signs that we might overlook.
You should always look for unusual abnormalities in your pet. Things like sudden listlessness or wanting to sleeping all day, loss of appetite, not drinking water, not going to the bathroom, unusual feces color or odor are all signs that your pet might have a problem so - - Take your pet to the vet!

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Happy New Year! We personally want to thank all of our patients for a great year. It is people like you that help us grow within the community. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

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Please contact us at (985) 446-8824 for appointments for all your pet health care needs or e-mail us at ridgefieldanimal@comcast.net.  And don't forget to "Like Us" on Facebook and follow Dr. Dawn Koetting on Twitter!
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