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Oral Health Tips & Tricks for Puppies

Puppies are adorable and have a way of quickly becoming a man’s best friend. Their cute face, those puppy eyes and tiny little teeth have a way of making them very forgiving.

Throughout the years, however, they grow out of that puppy phase and begin to mature and grow. Some grow longer snouts, maybe a change in fur colour, and a whole new set of canines. Maybe you’re noticing that those pearly whites aren’t as white anymore, and Bear’s breath isn’t all that lovable. So you contact your vet, and they say it may be time for a dental cleaning. It’s hard to remember that your dog needs proper oral health as well but don’t worry, you’ll be a dental pro when you’re finished with this blog because I’m here to give you all the know-how on ways to keep your puppies teeth clean and the importance of dental health.

February focuses all on dental care for your pet. And as you know dental treatment can cost a pretty penny. This blog will include; ways to brush your dog’s teeth, chews and treats to defeat plaque, and water additives you can add to eliminate your dog’s bad breath.

Brushing
Brushing your dog’s teeth is a great and easy way to get in contact with the plaque build-up. Doing this daily can help prevent further build-up and keep that breath sweet and minty fresh. You can purchase dog toothpaste from pet stores and vets. There are many flavours to choose (my dog loves the chicken flavour). When brushing your dog’s teeth, you can use a standard toothbrush, silicon ones that fit on your finger, or a scrubbing glove, so it’s not as awkward trying to get into your dog’s mouth. It’s easier to start off when they are younger, so it becomes normal for them and turns into a fun bonding experience with your furry loved one.

Chews and Treats
Another option for pet oral care is chews and treats. You can purchase dental foods at our vet that come in larger sizes so your pet can chew that plaque away. We also offer treats, and big chews that are great tartar busters. The food and chews that we offer work as a scrub against bacteria build-up, fight halitosis, and has nutritional ingredients to reduces the plaque deposits.

Water Additives
A Water additive is an easy way to get your dog’s breath back to freshness. Many vets supply them including us! These additives help reduces tartar build-up, fight against periodontal disease and instantly turns bad breath into fresh breath, making it easier to endure those puppy kisses.

Well, now you’re a pro, and you can get on the right track with your furry friend. But wait, it gets better. Not only can you practice proper oral hygiene on your dog, but you can use this information to help your cats as well.

We offer both canine and feline dental health! Oral hygiene is vital in an animal’s life and can save you a costly bill.

If you still have questions though, don’t hesitate to ask us! Dental health months at Riverview Animal Hospital are February and March.

Written by Ashley O’Brien, ACA

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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.

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- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital - evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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