Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting pets over the age of three, but when it starts there are usually no obvious signs and symptoms. Once it advances, it can devastate your pet’s mouth, causing chronic pain, infected gums, tooth and bone loss – hardly the state we want for our best fur friends!
Fortunately, dental disease is preventable. Fairview Veterinary Hospital is here to warn you about the dangers of dental disease in pets, and how to take care of your dog or cat’s oral health.
It Starts With A Pet Dental Exam
One of the reasons we advocate for annual wellness exams is that they allow us to see what’s going on inside your pet’s mouth. Although we won’t be able to see everything (many problems occur below the gumline), we can give you some pointers for brushing at home and various helpful products like dental diets, chews, and rinses.
The winter holiday season has drawn to a close, and our thoughts have turned to the year ahead. Where will we focus our energy and time? What worked well for us in 2019, and what do we want to change moving forward in 2020?
These and other important questions abound, such as, how will we help our pets to feel their best and remain safe and happy? This last question is one that Fairview Veterinary Hospital can assist with, in more ways than one.
Writing and publishing this blog is our pleasure, and we hope it gives pet owners some informative tips and even sometimes a dose of fun and silliness. At the end of the year, we are looking back to share with you our top blogs of 2019. Enjoy!
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If your pet resides solely in the safety of the bubble of your home, it is not a stretch to question how necessary vaccinations truly are. After all, why would you need to protect your pet if they are never exposed to anything?
Read on as Fairview Veterinary Hospital breaks down the age-old question as to whether vaccinations for indoor pets are really necessary.
In Short, Yes
As trusted medical professionals, we know that most of our clients trust us when we say that vaccinations for indoor pets are necessary. It doesn’t hurt to know why, though! There are some very good reasons that indoor pets need protection, too.
The loss of a beloved pet is never easy, but it can be made more challenging during the holidays. With the “holly jolly” songs, fast paced frenzy, and obligations, grief can feel contradictory to the merriment of the season. But there are ways to be true to your emotions and make the holidays a time for you to honor your pet, remember the wonderful memories, and find meaning and comfort.
Your friends at Fairview Veterinary Hospital understand the emotions that come with losing a pet companion. It’s especially important to have good supports in place and healthy ways to appreciate the memories, and create new ones, too.
Tricks, treats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches! Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for humans and many pet owners like to include their pets in the fun! Many of us simply go all out on this spook-tacular holiday. But not everyone – humans and pets alike – find all the goblins and ghouls so thrilling.
Luckily, with our best tips, Halloween safety for pets can be a breeze.Continue…
During a busy day, the veterinary hospital lobby here at Fairview can be hectic. Pets are being checked in for their annual exams, ill pets are here waiting for treatment, and tensions can sometimes run high in all of this. It’s safe to say, there is no “usual” day at a clinic.
One thing we do know is that good lobby etiquette among pet owners and staff make an enormous difference in keeping things smooth and relaxed. Good manners even helps our small patients, especially those in pain or dealing with chronic conditions. Here are some things to keep in mind in practicing great hospital lobby etiquette.
Cat lovers won’t hesitate to confirm that the feline species is pretty perfect. Like it or not, however, cats are biological beings and susceptible to the constraints of a physical body. They can succumb to many of the same diseases and conditions as other species.
While medical problems in cats are not totally avoidable, there are certainly things that us cat lovers can do to help them live out their nine lives well. Understanding the common conditions diagnosed in cats and what to do to avoid or manage them can help our feline friends have long, happy lives.Continue…
If you’re getting ready to bring home a new baby, chances are your life is full of planning for how to make this transition run as smoothly as possible. Amidst the birth planning, gathering all the essentials, and taking care of yourself, you may be wondering how your pets will adjust to a new baby as well.
A new baby can be exciting for everyone, but for pets, it may also cause some anxiety. Pets are creatures of habit, and any change in their routine may be stressful for them. When it comes to this process, it’s smart to start early! Planning and preparation are key.Continue…
For many pets and their owners, summer brings a mix of delight and dread. It’s wonderful to be outside enjoying the warm weather, but the rumble of an approaching storm or the explosion of a fireworks display can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.
Prolonged periods of anxiety can cause pets to act out in destructive ways and will ultimately affect their physical and mental well being.
The team at Fairview Veterinary Hospital wants you and your pet to enjoy summer without all the worry. We’re here to help you develop a plan to combat noise anxiety in pets once and for all.Continue…
Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States. The CDC estimates that over 300,000 people are infected each year, and Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of cases reported.
Our dogs are also at risk for Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, it is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause heart complications, joint disease, and permanent nervous system damage.
Before you go out in the woods this summer, take a moment to brush up on the basics of Lyme disease in pets and how to prevent it.