Antietam Valley Animal Hospitalís Monthly Newsletter, 

ISSUE # 5, January 2001

In this issueÖ.
Pets Need Dental Care Too
Treat Recipe
Shop Online
Book Review
Featured Website
Looking for a Furry Friend?

Pets Need Dental Care Too because 

Dental care is important in keeping your pet healthy. 
Gear up for Dental Month and get your petís teeth cleaned!!

Why Should I Get My Petís Teeth Cleaned? 

Gingivitis (inflamed/infected gums), halitosis (bad breath) and tartar are all signs of dental disease.The buildup of calculus (mineralized deposits) on the teeth may lead to bad breath, painful chewing, infections of the tooth root and loss of teeth.Untreated infections in the mouth may spread throughout the bloodstream and silently damage the heart, kidneys and liver.With the advances in modern veterinary medicine, animals are living longer, happier, healthier lives, and we would like to ensure that your petís mouth stays healthy as well as the rest of his or her body.

Whatís Involved in a Dental Prophylaxis? 

Your pet will be anesthetized to undergo the dental cleaning procedure because unfortunately for veterinarians, dogs and cats do not remain seated in a chair with their mouths wide open.This is necessary for your petís safety and comfort.Under anesthesia your pet will receive a thorough quality cleaning.If your pet is OVER FIVE YEARS of age, pre-anesthetic blood work will be requiredómost often a chemistry screen with or without electrolytes and a complete blood count or a packed cell volume (PCV) will be completed.For pets under five years old, we offer a mini pre-anesthetic blood test.These blood samples can be performed the morning of the procedure or may be obtained a week or so prior to the procedure.The results of the blood tests allow the doctor to choose the most appropriate anesthetics for your pet since the kidney and liver are the two major organs that are responsible for clearing the anesthetics from the blood. 

Your pet will have a complete physical examination the morning of the dentistry.Very mature pets or those with prior health problems may also have an intravenous catheter placed to administer fluid therapy.An injection of a sedative is given to make him or her groggy.Your pet will then be intubated (a tube is placed in the windpipe) and oxygen and isoflurane anesthetic gas are administered to your pet through this tube.The tube also ensures that no water or dental debris gets into the windpipe during the procedure.A veterinary technician will clean (scale) each tooth with an ultrasonic dental instrument, similar to a water-pick.The doctor will again examine the teeth and determine if any teeth need to be extracted.Teeth that are loose or infected will be removed.The technician will then polish each tooth with a paste similar to what your dentist uses on you.After anesthesia your pet may be a little groggy, but can go home that evening.Occasionally, some pets are too groggy to go home and will remain in the hospital over night for their safety. 

Depending on the severity of your petís dental disease, she or he may receive an antibiotic injection immediately after the dentistry and/or may be sent home with antibiotic pills or liquid to give for several days after the procedure.Some times the doctor will even prescribe antibiotics and/or an antibacterial mouth rinse prior to the cleaning.If your pet has teeth removed, it is advisable to feed canned food until the gums heal.A recheck appointment will be scheduled with a veterinary technician 7 to 14 days after the procedure to examine the teeth and gums as well as explain home dental care with you. 

Your pet will definitely benefit from a dental cleaning and polishing.S/he will have a healthier set of teeth and gums afterwards.To keep his or her teeth clean, it is advisable to feed dry food and brush the teeth daily.Bones and chew toys also provide good oral exercise and can improve dental health.A prescription dental diet called t/d is available to feed your pet either as treats or a balanced diet to help keep the teeth clean.

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1 cup rolled Oats 
1/3 cup Butter or Margarine
1 cup Water  
¾ cup Cornmeal 
1 Tablespoon Sugar 
1 tsp. Beef Bouillon Granules 
½ cup Milk 
4 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded 1 Egg, beaten 
3 cups whole wheat flour
Boil water. Combine oats, butter and water. Let stand ten minutes. Stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese and egg. Mix well then add flour, one cup at a time. On floured surface, knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and store airtight.

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by Helen Graham and Gregory Vlamis
This book explains the principles of flower remedies and describes each of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies as well as their applications to the treatment of domestic animals.It also describes symptoms and treatment regimens, illustrated with case material from veterinarians, animal behavior specialists and health practitioners.Other important areas discussed are emotions in animals and their influence on behavior and the emotional bond between animals and humans.

The American Veterinary Medical Associationís Website
Read the latest news as well as learn information on Feline and Canine Health Topics.Buying a Pet, Animal Safety, and Careers in Veterinary Medicine are just some of the things you will find here.Kidís Korner & MUCH MORE! 



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Reading, PA 19606.

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