The photos below show the difference that a cleaning really can make.
We now offer now offer full mouth dental radiographs at the time of our cleanings!
Fun fact: dental x ray allows us to see what is going on under the surface of the gums... much like an iceberg, the majority of the tooth lives below the gum line where we can't see it! Without dental x ray, roughly 42% of pathology goes undiagnosed due to our inability to know what is happening with the ROOTS of our patient's teeth! Just a note on what you see below - when you shine a black light on teeth, plaque and tartar will fluoresce in pink)
Before the cleaning, check out all the plaque!
After cleaning, plaque free!
November 30, 2020 we spent 4 hours learning from Mary Berg BS RLATG RVT VTS (Dentistry). We are investing in our patient's dental health by adding a dental X-ray unit to our clinic. 42% of dental disease goes undetected without dental X-ray. By finding and treating the infection and pain caused by dental disease, we give our patients more healthy, happy years.
Back-to-school season can be an exciting time for children, but a stressful time for dogs. After all, our pups love the extra time and attention enjoyed during summer vacation. During the coronavirus pandemic, our pets have been the beneficiaries of stay-at-home orders, as parents are often around more, too.
Plus, many families have adopted pets during the pandemic, so those dogs typically have little to no experience with being left home alone.
So how can we prepare our dogs if or when schools begin to reopen?
Danielle Fuchs, MSc, CPDT-KA, Behavior and Training Manager at East Bay SPCA, a nonprofit animal shelter in Northern California whose staff completed the Fear Free Shelters program, says a good place to start is having everyone in the household leave twice a day for a few minutes.
“You can go to your garden or the mailbox and just get the mail and come right back in,” she suggests. “Then try to vary the amount of time that you leave so it’s not super predictable and it’s happening on a regular basis.”
Since dogs need enrichment activities to engage their minds, she recommends providing dogs with a puzzle feeder, toy, or frozen Kong before we leave to make our exit “no big deal.”
“Also provide them with those types of puzzles when you’re home as well, so it doesn’t become a predictive indicator that you’re leaving,” she says. “If you always give them a piece of enrichment when you’re leaving, they might be able to associate that with you leaving and start to get worried when they get food enrichment.”
Similarly, a dog might associate a child picking up their backpack or putting on their shoes with leaving. Kids can make a game out of putting on their packs or shoes and then taking them right off instead of heading out the door.
Separation Distress or Separation Anxiety?
Dogs can have varying degrees of concern about being left alone. Some might simply feel bored and chew on objects to find something to do, while others might feel distress shown by panting, pacing or vocalizing.
In extreme cases, they might experience separation anxiety, a panic disorder that can be marked by urinating and defecating indoors, self-injury during attempted escape, and massive property destruction. Fuchs strongly recommends speaking to a trusted veterinarian or dog trainer for help with separation anxiety.
For dogs with milder symptoms, professional pet sitters, neighbors or family members can take dogs for walks to help break up their days and provide companionship.
Incorporating Dogs Into Homeschooling Even if kids don’t go back to school full time this fall, it never hurts to prepare dogs for changes in routines since transitions are part of life, Fuchs says.
Meanwhile, parents helping their children learn from home during the pandemic can incorporate pets into homeschooling. For instance, a reward for completing an assignment or test could be playing an enrichment game with their dog. During breaks, kids can practice clicker training, crate training, or other skills so their dog is “in school,” too.
“Having kids get creative with DIY enrichment and making something for their pup before a stretch of time where they need to focus on something else could potentially work great,” Fuchs says.
Potential DIY projects:
“If your dog is relaxed and happy, you’ll be happier,” she says.
This article was reviewed/edited by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kenneth Martin and/or veterinary technician specialist in behavior Debbie Martin, LVT.
Award-winning journalist Jen Reeder is former president of the Dog Writers Association of America.