For more information on dental cleaning or the cons of anesthesia free dental click the link below.
Anesethia Free Dental-Know The Facts: http://avdc.org/AFD/reasons-not-to-choose-anethesia-free
Dental Awareness For Owners: http://avdc.org/AFD/category/for-pet-owners/
PREVENTIVE ORAL CARE & DENTISTRY
The number one health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs over 4 years is periodontal disease. Dental disease puts stress on your pet’s immune system and may lead to serious diseases such as liver, kidney and heart disease. Here at Shield Stone we provide extensive dental care. We recommend the following:
As pets age and near their senior years it is time to become concerned with problems that are not apparent during routine physical examinations. Without the appropriate testing/screening we would not be able to diagnose internal problems such as diabetes, kidney disease, bladder or urinary tract problems, or other serious problems like heart disease. Unfortunately, without testing these problems are not diagnosed till they are at the advanced stage and the damage is already done.
Your pet has reached its “senior years” once they have reached the following ages:
Small Dogs (under 20 lbs.) 9 – 13 Years
Medium Dogs (21-50 lbs.) 9 – 11.5 Years
Large Dogs (51-90 lbs.) 7.5 – 10.5 Years
Extra Large Dogs (Over 90 lbs.) 6 – 9 Years
Most Cats 8 – 10 Years
SENIOR - 9 years to 15+ years. Senior Wellness Screening for your Pet (Starting age about 9 years old)
Here at Shield Stone Pet Hospital, we recommend routine senior exams so that any health issues can be detected early on. Now that your pet is a senior they may encounter a variety of age related health issues. By being proactive we hope to prevent damage that occurs from late treatment and to help your pet live out their senior years in comfort.
Here at Shield Stone Pet Hospital, we feel that the senior wellness screening is essential to a having comfortable senior years. Keep in mind that performing these screening/test for your pet once a year is equivalent to once every 5-7 years for a senior adult person.
DIAGNOSTIC TESTING RECOMMENDED FOR SENIOR WELLNESS SCREENING:
MATURE ADULT – 3 years to 8 years.
Routine wellness exam with proper vaccinations. External (flea) and internal parasite (heart-worm) prevention at all ages.
Routine blood test and urinalysis.
Need formal teeth cleaning under sedation. Call hospital to schedule.
Choose proper diet to prevent weight gain.
YOUNG ADULT – 7 months to 2 years.
Annual exam and vaccinations.
External (flea) and internal parasite (heart-worm) prevention at all ages.
Spay and neuter during this period.
Start to control food intake to prevent obesity.
Maintain brushing teeth at least two times a week.
To insure your new puppy stays healthy please bring your puppy/kitten in a carrier or hold them in your arms when coming in for all booster vaccines. If you think your puppy or kitten may be sick please inform your veterinarian first prior to vaccinating as it will only make them sicker.
A healthy pet is a happy pet!
As your new pet returns to us every 3 weeks for vaccines, we will continue to discuss and schedule the following:
PUPPY AND KITTEN - 6 weeks to 6 months.
We would like to congratulate you on your new family member. Owning a dog/kitten can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility.
First, let us say that we are grateful that you have chosen us to help you with your pet’s health care. If you have questions concerning any subject related to your pet’s health, please feel free to call our hospital. Our entire professional staff is willing and happy to help you.
Shield Stone Pet Hospital
We recommend to start with a physical examination if your senior pet has not been examined before or has not been examined by a Veterinarian within the last year. However, additional testing/screening may be necessary to detect problems and properly diagnose your pet since physical exams only detect problems that produce clinical signs. However, problems may be caught before clinical signs are present by performing early diagnostic testing such as a blood panel, EKG, etc. By being proactive we hope to catch problems early on.
In addition to screening/testing for serious conditions with blood work we recommend an annual physical examination of your senior pet. A physical exam allows the doctor to check for physical changes such as joint function, muscle wasting, neurological dysfunction, and any lumps or bumps that you may not be aware of.