Regular Pet Dental Care May Prevent Future Calamity

In our culture, a sizable emphasis is placed on the prevention of all sorts of future problems. From debt to disease, poor credit scores to early mortality, we walk a fine, sometimes blurry line between success and disaster. This can also be said for our nation’s pets, especially when their dental health is taken into consideration. With good habits at home, pet dental care can take center stage for a lifetime of health and happiness.

Open Wide

Most pet owners turn a blind eye (or nose, in the case of puppy or kitty breath) to what’s going on inside a pet’s mouth. However, taking a moment every day to address gum color or tooth condition can go a long way toward the prevention of dental disease.


A Clear View on Pet Eye Care

Can you imagine how maddening it would be to have something in your eye and not be able to rub, scratch, or pick it out? Well, your furry pet, with their furry paws, certainly can. Without a safe or effective method for removing debris from the eye, your pet could be in danger of developing bigger issues. That’s why we see pet eye care as a critical part of overall wellness.

Eye to Eye

When you look into a normal pair of pet peepers, you should see the following:

  • Cornea – the outer surface of the eye
  • Sclera – the white of the eye
  • Lens – located directly behind the cornea
  • Pupil – the centered black opening of the eye that contracts/dilates

The pink membrane in the corner of your pet’s eye is actually a third eyelid that offers additional protection. Most breeds also have a snug-fitting lower lid covering the white part of the eye. Continue…

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All Ears: The Importance of Pet Ear Care

Although our pets’ ears are often some of the most expressive, as well as one of the cutest, parts of their bodies, it’s easy to overlook them when it comes to grooming and other health needs. Many pet owners assume that pets take care of their own ear health, and that we would know if there was a problem in that area.

As it turns out, most pets (especially dogs) need their ears cleaned from time to time to prevent infection. Regular ear cleaning also allows you to inspect for problems, such as mites, ticks, and other health concerns.

Our pets experience the world through their ears, making proper pet ear care an essential component to their overall health and well-being.


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Our Year: Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services’ Top 10 Blogs of 2016

As you gather with family and friends this New Year’s Eve, waiting for the ball to drop and celebrating the ups and downs 2016 has brought, we at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services are counting down as well…our top 10 blogs of 2016 that is!

The goal of our weekly blogs is to provide you with relevant, interesting, and useful pet care information. We are pleased that so many of you have been reading and enjoying our blogs, and we are committed to continuing to bring you current and interesting topics in 2017.