Many veterinary clinics offer the same dental services. But just as with human dental care, the quality of care for pets can be wildly different, depending on where you go. So how do you know your pet will get the best possible procedure?
For starters, pick an animal hospital that has high standards. Call in advance to learn more about the procedure you’d like your pet to have; ask who will perform the procedure, what his or her training is, what anesthetic monitoring the clinic will use, and what is included in the procedure.
Northwest Pet Clinic offers the highest quality of pet dental care in the Tucson Metropolitan area. Here are 12 details to prove it.
1. Digital dental X-ray. Only about 50 percent of dental disease can be identified without X-rays. X-rays help us more accurately find dental disease and ensure that root fragments are not left behind after tooth extractions.
2. Dental charting. We document your pet’s health status, including gingival tissue and overall tooth health, in your pet’s medical record. This allows us to compare dental health during follow-up and for home care.
3. Pre-anesthetic blood testing. We test your pet’s blood before dental procedures to ensure your pet’s organs are functioning correctly and to make sure that your pet will both process the anesthesia and heal normally after the procedure.
Now that August is behind us, it’s official: summer is almost over. As the kids head back to school for the fall, we leave behind the few months of leisure and longer days from which every member of the household benefited. It’s back to business for adults and children alike, but what about our pets?
Particularly if your pet got used to stretches of time when the whole family was home, going on much longer walks, or spending more time outside, the switch from summer to school year can be a shock. While pets, especially dogs, are hardy and can adapt to new schedules without protest, there are a few ways you can make the change smoother for your four-legged friends.
1. Transition in increments.
When you know the schedule change is coming, start training your pet for a change in home atmosphere. That may mean going on gradually shorter walks, spending less and less time on the couch, getting out of bed earlier each morning, or feeding your pet dinner a tiny bit later each night. Read More→
Thanks to her involvement in the National Veterinary Response Team, Dr. Elsa Swenson has a few ideas of what to do to prevent your whole family from being separated and to keep your pet—and the community’s other animals—safe in an emergency situation.
Dr. Swenson attended a weeklong training course in Anniston, Alabama, at the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness at Fort McClellan. The course included classroom instruction and hands-on training, and culminated with a simulated disaster scenario for the seven teams of emergency responders who were present.
The center at Fort McClellan is the only civilian “live agent” training center in the US; emergency response providers from all over the world have come to the center to be trained in dealing with mass casualties, live agents, and weapons in a real-time, monitored setting. The old army hospital has been repurposed into a training site for hospital workers using mannequins, animatronics whose clinical signs can be changed remotely by a trainer, simulated news casts, and live actors.
The center has mockups of a street, buildings, rooms, a subway, and outdoor sites, all of which can be used in simulations of various disaster situations by several different teams simultaneously responding to the same scenario.