Dr. Groth graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 18 years.
Dental Awareness Month- Simba’s Dental Cleaning Adventure
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause multiple health problems in both cats and dogs. Being proactive in dental preventive care, can not only help prevent and maintain periodontal disease in both cats and dogs, but it can help preserve teeth and help prevent tooth decay and loss. Dental tartar and build-up can not only lead to foul breath, but it can also increase the risk of gum disease and other diseases as well as tooth decay and loss.
Leptospirosis-Is your pet at risk for this bacterial infection? Leptospirosis can be acquired by dogs once exposed to the Leptospira bacteria. The bacteria are most commonly spread through the urine of infected wildlife and lives in infected soil, water, and food. Wildlife that most commonly spread this disease are rodents, raccoons, opossums, cattle, swine, horses, sheep, and goats. Once contracted, dogs can also spread it to other animals, even other dogs! Leptospira penetrates the skin and spread through the bloodstream, causing potentially great harm to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, eyes, and central nervous system.
If you have an indoor/outdoor cat who absolutely insists on going outside during the freezing temperatures, it is important that you create a safety outlet for her/him near your home. A warm shelter with food and water can make a large impact on preserving your pet’s health and safety.
As for feral cats, it may be hard for them to seek the shelter that will help aid in their survival. Although, feral cats are naturals when it comes to seeking shelter- it can be very rough during these unbearably cold times.
Christmas trees generally are one of the most common trees that people place into their homes during the holiday season. With many decorations, Christmas trees can pose as a danger to your pets- especially cats.
As the temperatures drop outside, it can only mean that sleet, snow, and ice is around the corner! We hope that you and your pet stay safe and warm! Outside sidewalks and driveways become slippery, so we recommend using a pet-safe de-icer.
Your happy, wet-nosed Labrador Retriever, Bella, has always been a healthy girl ever since the day you brought her home. Since the warmer months of Summer, you have noticed that she has been drinking more and urinating more. Maybe the warmer temperatures outside have Bella more active, or hot, so that she is drinking more water, but what about the fact that she has been urinating more? A lot more? With signs of drinking more water and urinating more frequently, it is possible that Bella may have diabetes. What exactly is diabetes?
The fall festivities of Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and a variety of table foods and delicious treats will be right before our eyes! As pet owners, it is important that we know that these foods can be very dangerous if our pets were to consume them. Not only do some of these table foods and treats pose as choking hazards, but they can also cause a variety of health complications, if ingested. Some of these Fall treats can have severe, life-threatening consequences if consumed in any number or quantity.
Does your pet have bad breath? Is he spending more time trying to chew his food, or is he avoiding eating hard treats and food all together? These are sings that your pet is feeling pain or discomfort. If you are noticing that your pet is showing these signs of discomfort, it is time for him to have an oral health examination by his veterinarian! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause multiple health problems in both cats and dogs. In order to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your pet’s mouth, a professional dental cleaning is recommended for your pet. Yearly oral health examinations and professional dental cleanings are the safest and most effective way to practice quality oral health care. Taking good care of your pet’s oral health is very important for not only your pet’s overall healthy well-being, but it can help prevent and manage the #1 gum disease- periodontal disease.
If you’re a cat lover, then you are probably very familiar with the word “hairball”. Hairballs are most often a result of your cat’s natural, healthy grooming routine. They are not the most pleasant to watch as your cat hacks one up, and they can be confused with vomit. So, how do you know what is normal when it comes to hairballs? First, let’s take a look at what a hairball is!