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Feb 02, 2016
February Dental Month.
Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth (see image A) caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar and calculus (see image B). Periodontal disease is graded by severity
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Grade 1: Gingivitis only. No loss of support tissues.
Grade 2: <25% tissue attachment loss.
Grade 3: 25-50% tissue attachment loss. Gum recession may lead to tooth root exposure. Affected teeth may begin to be mobile in the sockets.
Grade 4: >50% tissue attachment loss. Mobile teeth due to significant loss of supporting tissues.
Early treatment is best to prevent pain, tooth loss and expensive treatments. Left untreated, periodontal disease may lead to:
Chronic pain from infection and inflammation
Decreased quality of life
Decreased appetite and weight loss
Tooth loss due to loss of supporting tissues around teeth
Distant organ (e.g.: liver, kidneys, heart valves) damage from bacteria showering from the mouth to the bloodstream
Adverse behaviors caused by pain
The first step in treating periodontal disease requires cleaning the teeth and surrounding tissues. Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare anesthesia, your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of your pet, perform blood work and discuss the procedure with you. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pet’s safety is our primary concern. After the teeth are cleaned, X-rays will be taken of the teeth to check for pathology hiding below the gum line (see image C). Your veterinarian will discuss with you any other procedures that may need to be performed.
Healthy periodontal tissue is free of infection, inflammation and odor. Keeping the mouth healthy requires a combination of:
Developing a home dental care plan that works for you and your pet
Annual to bi-annual examinations by your veterinarian to evaluate the home dental care plan
Annual professional teeth cleaning. Some breeds (e.g.: small breeds) may require more frequent cleanings. Just as people need their teeth
cleaned regularly, your pet does too.
Daily brushing with pet toothpaste (do not use toothpaste made for people)
Dental formulated diets, water additives and dental chews.
To obtain the $50.00 off your dental bill please bring in this portion of the e-mail card for discount.
January 18 to January 30, 2016
Hamilton Veterinary Hospital
Intestinal parasites are nasty, crawling organisms inside your pet’s intestines. Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms and Giardia can cause severe illness in your pets, and some can infect humans. Most worms shed eggs once every 2-3 weeks, if not longer. These eggs can be difficult to pick up in a routine fecal, which is why we request a fecal each time you bring your pet for a checkup.
Starting on Monday January 18, 2016 to Saturday January 30, 2016 we are offering a special procedure that will detect the adult worms by an antigen test. The special price for this two week promo is $10.00. You may stop by and pick up a special container for your pet’s stool sample (poop) or you may drop off the sample at our hospital. The results may take up to 2 days, and we will call you with the results. If the sample is positive for a parasite, one of our doctors will call you with the results and with recommendations for treating your pet at additional charge for the prescribed medication.
Any questions, please feel free to call us to discuss the promo and cost.
Rules are as follows: 1) All samples must be as fresh as possible 2) Sample must be paid for prior to submitting for testing and 3) Any treatment for parasites will be done at additional charge.
Click on Snoopy to download promo.
April Special 2016
When it comes to getting your pet dog in for a check up, all you have to do is get the leash and away you go to the vet. Getting your cat into the vet is a whole new ball game. Most owners know when their dog is sick-they become slow, show lack of interest in playing, may vomit or have runny stools. They also may show no interest in eating or drinking. Now cats on the other hand usually hide under furniture or in closets. They may void in an area that may take a while to find. Cats are great at hiding illness since they have a tendency of just laying around. Therefore, diagnosing an illness early before it goes to far may be difficult.
Cats that are obese are four times more likely to develop diabetes mellitus, twice as likely to suffer non-allergic skin conditions, and are at risk for the liver disease hepatic lipidosis. These conditions come on so slowly that most owners don't realize there is something wrong. By the time problems are noticable, it may be impossible to reverse.We understand cats are not easy to get into carriers, so to help our clients with transportation of their cats please go to this link to learn how to make your carrier cat friendly. Also, visit Hamilton Veterianry Hospital and ask about a free sample of Feliway wipes.
Our April special consist of a coupon for $20.00 off an office visit for a cat new to the hospital and or has not seen in the last year. A free Feliway wipe for your pet carrier that you can pick up at our hospital prior to your visit. Also, you will receive 1 free dose of Frontline for each cat seen. You must present the coupon at the time of check-in to receive discount. Please print this flyer and cut the out coupon below.
February 1 to February 29, 2016
Dental month is here and we are offering free Technician Dental Exams. With this exam, our qualified technicians will go over proper care of your pet’s teeth. With the exam, you will get a complimentary Dental kit to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. If the technician finds dental disease, they will be happy to give you an estimate on dental cleaning. If there is severe dental disease, our staff doctors will be happy to check your pet’s teeth and give you a estimate for dental cleaning and/or other procedures such as root extraction or tooth extraction. Along with the exam, we are offering a coupon for $50.00 off the dental procedure. Click on and print coupon below.
New Product for Dental Month for Both Dog and Cat