Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Even if your furry little one doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate in the mouth, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.
Contact us to schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.
Neighbourhood pet Clinic offers digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film) to provide us with a faster diagnosis for your furry family member. To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken, so we may need to use sedation or a short-acting general anesthesia on your furry little one.
If you have any questions about your pet’s upcoming radiology procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood tests or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies, or recommend a diet trial.
Some causes of itchiness in your furry little one, such as a flea infestation, can also affect your home and your family. Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if they develop any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.
If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Furry family members that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. And for certain breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma, we recommend visiting us for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. Please contact us to discuss whether your pet may be at a higher risk for glaucoma.
Contact us right away if you notice anything abnormal with your furry little one’s eyes such as:
- Dilated (enlarged) pupils
- Clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye)
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- One eye protruding or appearing larger than the other
- Squinting or tearing
- Glaucoma is painful so your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at their eyes or rubbing their head against the floor or furniture more than normal
Contact us to book an appointment with a veterinarian if your pet is exhibiting any of the above signs or if you would like more information on tonometry testing.