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Flea & Tick Prevention and medication at GRAH vet clinic in Kingston

Dogs and cats can both get fleas and ticks, but they do not have to. Modern methods of flea and tick prevention are extremely effective, and although it requires a little more work, there are equally effective tick and flea treatment options available if your pet already has parasites. The biggest problem is often deciding which of the many products on the market is best for your pet, and our veterinary clinic in Kingston can help you with that.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Parasite Control Service. We are known as one of the best Dog & Cat Parasite Control Vet Clinics in Kingston.

Dogs and cats can both get fleas and ticks, but they do not have to. Modern methods of flea and tick prevention are extremely effective
Flea & Tick Prevention medication with our Kingston Veterinarian

Why Tick and Flea Prevention is So Important

Fleas and ticks both carry diseases, some of which can be spread to human beings. Aside from this, they can make our pets extremely uncomfortable. Once fleas or ticks get into an environment such as your home, it can be challenging to get them out, so it is best to focus on prevention before you have a problem.

Types of Flea and Tick Medication

There are several application methods available for flea and tick medication:

  • Oral
  • Topical (spot-on)
  • Spray
  • Collar

Oral medications may prevent fleas or fleas and other parasites. However, there are currently no oral medications available for tick prevention.

Topical spot-on medications are widely available and effective. Some only treat fleas, while others treat fleas, ticks, and even heartworm, intestinal worms, and mites. Sprays are less convenient in general but can be useful when dealing with an infestation. Collars are variable in efficacy. Treatment time varies from every day to every few months.

Flea & Tick Prevention medication with our Kingston Veterinarian
Flea & Tick Prevention medication with our Kingston Veterinarian

Tick and flea medication methods come in both prescription and non-prescription types. It is best to ask our veterinarian which option is ideal for your pet, whether you decide to go with a prescription or OTC product. Dog products must never be used on cats, as cats are sensitive to some chemicals that are not harmful to dogs.

How a Veterinarian Can Help

Because there is a wide array of products available for preventing and treating flea and tick problems, your veterinarian will be an invaluable resource in determining which is best for your pet. When discussing the topic with your veterinarian, ask both which products our veterinarian recommends and why. We can offer you advice based on what we see working or not working well in the Baltimore area, as well as for your specific type of pet.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Our veterinarians can carry out specific testing to diagnose the parasites affecting the health of your pet.

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Things you can do to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pets

Fleas and ticks are a nuisance, but they can also spread diseases, so you want to treat your pet quickly if you see fleas or ticks, but you also want to prevent your pet from an infestation or bite(s). Here is some information about how keeping your pets (and you!) safe from these pests. There are a lot of Animal Worm preventative products available and it’s always best to talk with your veterinarian before starting your pet on such medicines.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Parasite Control Service. We are known as one of the best Dog & Cat Parasite Control Vet Clinics in Kingston.

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Things you can do to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pets

Your vet knows your pet’s health status and will be able to help you choose the safest product. Some puppies and kittens are too young to start preventatives. Older pets or those with medical conditions may not tolerate certain products and if they are receiving other medications, some products can interact with those flea and tick medications.

Although fleas and ticks are more of a risk when the weather gets warmer, your vet may recommend (or you may choose to) that you treat your pet with preventative medicine year-round. Some pets who have had a disease or parasite (e.g. tapeworm) transmitted by a flea or tick may benefit from year-round treatment. And, it may set your mind at ease as well, knowing that you are protecting your pet every day!

Once you and your vet have decided what product to use, you want to use the product correctly and follow other simple tips to avoid flea and tick infestations – and catch them quickly if they do occur!

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Things you can do to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pets
  1. Read the label of the flea and tick Prevention. Always read the label of any product or medicine you give your pet. Flea and tick Medication products are formulated for cats or dogs and administered by weight, so be sure you are using the right product. Remember, cats are not small dogs so don’t give your cat a product meant for a dog even if they meet the weight requirements (and I’ve seen some cats that are as big as small dogs!).
  2. Inspect your pet. If you’ve been outside with your pet, especially in the woods or grassy areas, check them for fleas or ticks once you return home. Some places that ticks like to hide on your pet are between the toes, on the lips, around the eyes, in the ears, and under the tail. Look for fleas in areas where your dog’s coat is thinner, such as on their belly or in the armpits.
  3. Learn how to properly remove an attached tick. The sooner a tick is removed, the less likely that it can transmit illness to your pet. If you are not sure how to do this, your veterinarian can teach you.
  4. Watch for any adverse reactions. While flea and tick Prevention are generally safe, any pet can react to a particular product. Look for excessive scratching, skin redness, and swelling, vomiting, or abnormal behavior. Topical products and collars may be more likely to cause a skin reaction, but oral products can cause reactions too. Again, read that label for what to look for with each product.

Now, I know all you cat people out there are saying: “This sound like advice for dog people. What about my cat?” Well, cats need flea and tick prevention, too! Even if your cat is an indoor cat, you may have other pets (or people!) that go outside, and they can bring these pests home.

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Things you can do to prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pets

Cats are more likely to have fleas, but tick bites are possible and can be more serious since they transmit diseases when they attach to an animal. All the same, rules apply when choosing a preventative for your cat – talk with your veterinarian to choose the best product, read the label so you know how to use it, and look for any adverse reactions such as new itching and scratching, vomiting, and behavior changes.

Unfortunately, you can do all these things and fleas can still get onto your pet and into your home! If you need to treat your pet for fleas, you will need to treat your home too. To get rid of fleas, wash any objects that you can, such as bedding or blankets where your pet has been. Vacuum carpets and furniture and empty the vacuum container afterward. You can also use a “fogger” to treat a whole room in your house, but you won’t be able to use that room for 12 to 14 hours afterward. Again, read the label for instructions.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Our veterinarians can carry out specific testing to diagnose the parasites affecting the health of your pet.

 

 

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

The dog microchipping system which insists all pets have to carry identity token embedded under their skin is failing to work because of flaws in the process and holes in the law. At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Services. We are known as one of the best dog and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston.

Having struggled to come to terms with that heartache, they say the government’s pet micro-chipping system has made things worse. This is because the databases appear to show Ruby and Beetle have been scanned, but the system does not insist that vets must contact the registered owners, so Georgie and Ed have no idea where the scans might have taken place.

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

If we could get some sort of location, at least then it would maybe answer a few questions and we could piece another piece of the jigsaw together to where they went on that day. You get your dogs microchipped because you think this is the magical tool that’s going to reunite you with your dog and it hasn’t been the magical tool.  It’s let us down.

The pet micro-chipping system has come into criticism from other quarters too, including from the daughter of the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, Debbie Matthews, who lost her dog, Gizmo, in 2006. She now campaigns to make it easier for owners to track down their lost pets. We all assume that when we microchip our pets that there’s a safety net out there for us.

If a stolen dog has been sold onto an unsuspecting owner, the owner doesn’t know the dog’s stolen and the vet doesn’t know the dog is stolen, unless they check the microchip registration and that’s where the system falls. Currently, there are 13 separate databases recording dog micro-chips, and both Debbie and the British Veterinary Association agree the system needs to change to having just a single database.

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Micro-chip Service – Why the dog microchipping system is failing to work

The microchip system as a whole is not fit for drive. There are so many holes and gaps. And anybody can start up another database and there aren’t sufficient regulations. It is very complicated and it is a broken system. It makes vets’ lives and anyone who is involved in reunification harder. And it is also being heartache for owners, sometimes. And I think it is really important that we put pressure on there being a single point of entry, a single database.

Every liable dog owner wants to ensure their pet is safe and microchips are often the only hope of finding dogs that are lost or stolen. Since necessary microchipping for dogs came into force in 2016, we have seen a clear drop in the number of stray dogs on the streets and an increase in the number of lost or stolen pets reunited with their owners. We urge all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are microchipped and the details on their chip are up to date.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.

 

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Pharmacy Service: All you need to know about our best Pharmacy Services

While a cough may seem relatively commonplace, in dogs and cats it is not a normal occurrence, and a host of conditions can be the source. Some of these diseases are less serious and easy to manage, but a few can be an early signal of a major problem or a highly infectious disease.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog pharmacy Services. We are known as one of the best dog pharmacy vet clinics in Kingston.

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If your cat coughs, the list of problems is shorter than their canine counterparts. Hairballs are often described as being coughed up, but that is strictly regurgitation and has nothing to do with the lungs or airways. If a cat has a chronic cough it is more of what I describe as a “smoker’s cough” and may have a wheezing component to it.

This is generally seen with allergic airway disease or asthma. Your veterinarian will take chest X-rays and eliminate other conditions, and treatment is generally with steroids or your cat will need to be trained to take an inhaler. They make masks that gently fit over the cat’s face, and with time and little practice, it can be well-tolerated.

Cats are less prone to infectious forms of a cough, but with some viral diseases that have significant sinus symptoms, secondary bronchitis can develop. Dogs are more likely to be affected by a cough, and a wider variety of conditions can be at play. One of the first questions your veterinarian will ask you is whether your dog recently has been in contact with other dogs.

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Highly infectious diseases such as Kennel cough or Canine Influenza are easily spread from dog to dog, and one of the first signs is a cough. Canine influenza can be serious, and your veterinarian will also try to limit exposure to any other dogs to prevent further infections. Fortunately, these infections have effective vaccines that can prevent or minimize more serious cases of the disease.

Collapsing trachea is another condition that affects middle-aged or older, small-breed dogs and generally occurs when the dog is excited or pressure is applied to the underside of the neck. As these dog’s age the cartilage in the supporting rings of the trachea soften, and what is supposed to be a relatively rigid structure will collapse with pressure. X-rays can pick up the collapse, but sometimes a rigid endoscope may need to be passed down the trachea to catch the collapse.

A chronic cough unfortunately can be one of the first signs of heart failure in dogs. As the pumping function of the heart begins to decrease, fluid can start to build up in the lungs, and dogs may have a moist cough. Through a combination of examining your dog and taking X-rays, a diagnosis is made. A cardiac ultrasound may also be recommended to determine the extent of the disease.

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While a serious diagnosis, many dogs can still experience good quality and length of life after a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Medications to decrease the fluid load in the body and improve the ability of the heart to function will manage the symptoms, and some dogs can live for years with the condition.

Mild cases are managed by avoiding neck collars, and more seriously affected dogs may need medications or implantation of a stent to support the trachea. So if your dog or cat develops a cough, call your veterinarian to have your pet evaluated to establish a diagnosis as soon as possible, as early detection and intervention is important for many of these diseases.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. GRAH provides full pharmacy services to its clients, in order to ensure immediate access to all prescribed medications, vitamins and other healthcare supplements for their pets easily.

 

 

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Parasite control Service – Parasites causing diarrhea in Minneapolis dogs

Dog owners should know about two common intestinal parasites, hookworm and Giardia, that are prevalent in Southwest Minneapolis. Although both are treatable, these parasites can cause important illnesses in pets.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Parasite Control Service. We are known as one of the best Dog & Cat Parasite Control Vet Clinics in Kingston.

Hookworm

Hookworm disease is a terrible disease for dogs, cats, and humans. It is zoonotic, meaning it can be spread from dogs and cats to humans.

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Parasite control Service – Parasites causing diarrhea in Minneapolis dogs

Early in the disease, dogs may have no symptoms, but during this time they can be dispersal thousands of hookworm eggs daily in their stool and contaminating the environment. Later in the disease, patients will develop diarrhea and weight loss. Hookworms are voracious bloodsuckers. They attach to the abdominal lining and release an anti-coagulant to stimulate bleeding. Hookworm disease can cause anemia, and puppies that are exposed to hookworm as neonates can become so anemic that they can die.

The primary way hookworm is transmitted is through the stool. Dogs with adult hookworms in their gastrointestinal tract will pass hookworm eggs in the stool.  These eggs are not immediately infective. It takes 2–9 days for the eggs to hatch into infective larvae. Contaminated stool left in the environment can mix with the soil and turn it into a source of contamination. These larvae live for many months in the soil, even in winter. Minnesota has its cold weather hookworm that can survive freezing temperatures.

It takes a community effort to help control the spread of hookworm. You can do your part to control this disease by following these tips. Pick up your dog’s stool and throw it away as soon as it is produced. Keep your dog on a monthly parasite preventative, even in the winter. The monthly heartworm preventative you give your dog likely protects against hookworm, but it would be prudent to double-check with your vet.

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Parasite control Service – Parasites causing diarrhea in Minneapolis dogs

Keep your dog on a leash to stop him from eating soil that may be contaminated with hookworm larvae. Wear gloves when gardening and shoes when walking outside. It doesn’t take long for microscopic hookworm larvae to penetrate the skin and cause disease. Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables. Hookworm can also enter people through accidental digestion of contaminated soil.

Have your veterinarian screen your dog’s stool regularly for parasite eggs, even if he is not showing diarrhea or illness. Early in the disease, dogs are usually asymptomatic and during that time (sometimes months), they can be spreading disease and contaminating their environment. Giardia is a single-celled parasitic virus that infects many types of animals around the world. Humans can become infected as well, but it is rare for canine Giardia to transmit to people.

Organisms are passed into the environment through feces and once outside the body, they turn into hardy, tiny cysts that can endure for months. Once they are ingested by a new host (for example from contaminated water, or a dog licking her feet after walking in the grass) the shell dissolves and every cyst releases two infectious organisms. Once there, they can move around in different parts of the intestines looking for different nutrients.

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Parasite control Service – Parasites causing diarrhea in Minneapolis dogs

It takes about five days to two weeks for the Giardia to be passed out into the stool of an infected pet and diarrhea can lead the shedding. Infection is more predominant in places with high dog density, such as dog parks, kennels, and daycare facilities. Symptoms of the infection can include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Testing has become more reliable and efficient with the development of a newer test called an Elisa SNAP test. This test takes minutes and can be done while you are at the clinic for the appointment. Because of the erratic shedding habits of the organism, repeat testing is sometimes necessary to detect it.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Our veterinarians can carry out specific testing to diagnose the parasites affecting the health of your pet.

 

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Pet Vaccination Service – Why vaccines important to keep pets healthy

In light of the rabid bats outbreak in the Santa Clarita area, the urgency has increased to vaccinate your pets, and keeping your pets’ vaccinations up to date is crucial for protecting and preventing further outbreaks, veterinarians say. Vaccines are important because they protect your pet from acquiring certain diseases, some of which can be fatal.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Dog & Cat Vaccination Service. We are known as one of the best dog Vaccination vet clinics in Kingston.

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Pet Vaccination Service – Why vaccines important to keep pets healthy

Dogs and cats alike can start getting vaccines at 6 to 8 weeks of age, according to Vega, with booster vaccines recommended every three to four weeks until the pet reaches the age of 16 weeks. Vaccines are done this way as both puppies and kittens receive passive immunity from their mothers via colostrum. This passive immunity protects them from acquiring certain diseases.

That immunity starts to slowly disappear between 6 to 16 weeks of age. Therefore, it is during this time we vaccinate to build up individual immunity. The American Animal Hospital Association has developed dog and cat vaccination guidelines, separated into core and non-core animal vaccines.

Core vaccines include every dog and cat should receive, such as rabies. A non-core pet vaccine, such as the rattlesnake vaccine, is given based on lifestyle or environment. On average, core pet vaccines can range from $10 to $28 per dose while non-core vaccines are more expensive.

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Pet Vaccination Service – Why vaccines important to keep pets healthy

The distemper/parvovirus vaccine and FVRCP is usually one of the first core vaccines given to pets. A rabies vaccine is required by law to be updated every three years. When a puppy receives their first rabies shot they need to receive a booster one year later. After that, they are due for a rabies booster every three years.

“If an owner brings in a dog that was attacked or bitten by a wild animal, I always vaccinate them with the rabies vaccine just in case,” said Dr. Laura Ekman.

If an adult pet’s vaccine history is unknown, they will be vaccinated with the first shot, and expected to come back a year later for the booster and triannually after. Animal Vaccinations prevent pets from not only getting diseases but also from spreading them to other animals or potentially to humans.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. The veterinary team at GRAH will assess which inoculations are required, specific to your pets needs as well as age and stage of development, different vaccination packages are available at the clinic.

 

 

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Micro-chip Service – It’s a good time to microchip for dogs and cats

Gwen Kuykendall, co-owner of Kuykendall’s Border Collies and Goose Masters, wants residents to understand the importance of micro-chipping family pets to help track them and keep more of them from getting lost during storms and landing in animal shelters.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Services. We are known as one of the best dog and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston.

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Micro-chip Service – It’s a good time to microchip for dogs and cats

We breed, raise and train high-end Border Collies for farms, Canada goose control, sports dogs and sometimes pets. Although our dogs are highly trained and can be commanded at a distance through verbal and whistle commands, anything can happen, they are still dogs, we’re not too proud to think they are perfect, so we recommend micro-chipping.

We will go even further and say that we think it is as important as vaccinating, de-worming for internal and external parasites and heartworm prevention. Plus, it’s very affordable — less than $50, it lasts the lifetime of your animal and can be done in seconds at a regular vet visit. We have collars on all our dogs with nameplates but collars can fall off or be taken off, microchipping is permanent.

Kuykendall wants to stress the importance of microchipping: If you’ve decided to microchip is something you’d like to do; this is the time to do it. Summer outdoor activities just put your dog at a greater risk of potentially getting lost. Travel in unfamiliar environments can cause added opportunities for animals to become separated from their families.

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Micro-chip Service – It’s a good time to microchip for dogs and cats

Even if a friend is watching your pet, fireworks, gunshots, and thunderstorms all play a role in dogs becoming frightened and bolting from us, their handler, or caretaker. Most of the time our dogs drop instantly on the lie-down command but if nervous or frightened they’ll continuing running and get away from us. Veterinary clinics have the means to micro-chip fur babies.

The process is simple — first the dog is scanned to be sure there isn’t a microchip already implanted, next the chip which is only about the size of a grain of rice is inserted between the shoulder blades right under the skin, most times your animal never even feels it.

Finally, the dog is scanned again to be sure the number shows up on the scanner. Most importantly is the final step of either filling out your personal contact information online or by regular mail and as important is keeping that information current if anything changes.

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Micro-chip Service – It’s a good time to microchip for dogs and cats

The chip only has a number associated with it so if a dog is lost the facility trying to locate the owner, they call the company and give them that number which is associated with the animal and the company whether it be Avid, Home Again, or MicroFindr. That company will then contact the owner; personal information is never given out. This is not a GPS tracker; micro-chips work on radio frequency to read the number on the chip. Typically, the chip stays in place but can move slightly around the body and very rarely dislodge from the body.

All facilities in the state of North Carolina are taking in lost animals, Veterinary offices, rescues, and pounds, all by law have to scan the animal so if your pet or working dog is lost and found and brought in to a facility the chances of you being reunited is very, very good.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.

 

 

 

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Pet Dental Care Service – Understanding the costs of your pet’s dental care procedure

Small animal veterinarians are commonly asked: “How do the costs add up so quickly for my Dog and Cat Dentistry procedure?” But first, we should discuss why a dental procedure might be recommended for your pet. It’s not just about sparkling white teeth and fresher breath, though those are among the many positive outcomes. Oral health matters for pets for the same reason that it matters for us: It’s all connected.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Dental Care Services. We are known as one of the best dog and cat dentistry clinics in Kingston.

The mouth can act as a port of entry for bacteria, allowing infection and inflammation to move through the bloodstream to the rest of the body. Pets also suffer significant pain related to fractured teeth, infection of the gums, and abscessed or loose teeth.

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Pet Dental Care Service – Understanding the costs of your pet’s dental care procedure

General anesthesia is necessary to thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth. Some of the molar teeth are tucked so far back in the mouth, they can’t be seen well in even the nicest and most compliant pet. Think about how your dental hygienist performs an in-depth exam and cleaning, uses a dental probe to measure pockets along your gum line, and has you sit still for dental X-rays. None of this is possible for pets without anesthesia.

Pre-anesthetic blood tests help identify individual health concerns that could impact the pet’s procedure or cause potential problems during or after anesthesia. Some clinics have in-house laboratories that add cost but allow for rapid monitoring and response to anesthetic emergencies. Calming and pain-relieving pre-anesthetic medications decrease the need for other anesthetic drugs, improve safety, and lead to smoother recoveries.

Ideally, an intravenous (IV) catheter is placed to give drugs and fluids, though this varies between clinics. Catheters provide rapid access to the bloodstream in the rare event of an anesthetic emergency. IV fluids maintain hydration, electrolyte balance, and blood pressure to protect the heart and other organs.  An endotracheal tube is placed inside the throat to deliver oxygen and gas anesthesia and to prevent inhalation of liquid and dental cleaning debris. Inhalant gas maintains pets’ unconsciousness and allows rapid adjustments in anesthetic depth.

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Pet Dental Care Service – Understanding the costs of your pet’s dental care procedure

Anesthetic monitoring equipment and protocols vary, but often pets are monitored by multiple staff members using advanced equipment. Pulse oximeters measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. Additional equipment tracks heart rhythm and blood pressure, alerting the team immediately to dangerous changes. Careful temperature monitoring prevents hypothermia (perilously low body temperature) that may delay recovery and decrease anesthetic safety.

Dog and Cat Dental X-rays are crucial to understanding the health of tooth roots hidden below the gum line. Many teeth have multiple roots that may be considerably longer than the exposed crown, so we’re truly only seeing “the tip of the iceberg” if we don’t look below the surface. Some infections cause obvious gum changes or loose teeth, but others are only detectable using X-rays.

And without X-rays, root fragments may be left behind after tooth extraction, causing ongoing pain and infection. For optimal detail, some clinics have specialized digital Cat & Dog dental X-rays. As in human dental offices, drills, polishers, and hand tools are often employed. Ultrasonic scalers may be used to remove the thick calculus (mineralized plaque) that can accumulate on pets’ teeth.

Staffing and training also add significant cost. Your pet’s dental team ideally consists of a licensed veterinarian, one or two certified veterinary technicians, and one or two veterinary assistants. The veterinarian assesses your pet’s oral and overall health, directs anesthesia, performs dental extractions and surgery, and determines the post-dental plan.

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Pet Dental Care Service – Understanding the costs of your pet’s dental care procedure

The certified veterinary technicians play multiple roles: dental hygienist, a phlebotomist (drawing blood), anesthetist (pain relief), an X-ray technician. Veterinary assistants support pets’ core body temperatures to prevent hypothermia and maintain heart rates, oxygenation, blood pressure, general attitude, comfort, and cleanliness.

The need for extractions or surgical removal of oral tumors varies with each pet. Local nerve blocks are administered before these procedures for pain relief lasting up to eight hours. At some clinics, a laser may be used in the removal of abnormal gum tissue and acupuncture may be offered for pain, nausea, and anxiety relief. Antibiotics, anti-nausea drugs, pain relievers, and appetite support may be critical for a speedy recovery and are tailored to each pet’s comfort, anesthetic complications, and health status (e.g., insulin for diabetics).

The items above detail many of the costs involved in pet dental procedures, but what isn’t discussed is how concerned veterinarians tend to be about client costs. It’s considered a major stressor in veterinary medicine, a profession in which practitioners constantly worry about how to provide the best care for the pets and clients we love while still respecting individual family cost constraints. So, if your veterinarian recommends a dog dental care procedure, listen carefully and ask questions because we truly want what’s best for your pet and want to help you in achieving that goal.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At our pet dental clinic, we have Pet Dentists with years of experience who have done their jobs in Cat Dentistry and Dog Dentistry incredibly.

 

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Periodontal disease in pets is entirely preventable yet usually untreated, affecting most cats and dogs by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Pet Dental Care Service. We are known as one of the best dog and cat dentistry clinics in Kingston.

Why should a pet owner care? A broken tooth can put your pet in pain.

Pet owners need to be on the lookout for tooth decay because there are few signs of gum disease, which can cause multiple problems in a pet’s mouth and spread to internal organs.

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Pet Dental Care Kingston – At GRAH we providing best Pet Dental Care Services

Warning signs

A broken tooth is incredibly common in dogs and cats. Teeth are tools for cats and dogs. Dogs can fracture a tooth in play biting chew toys, bones, rocks, or other hard objects. Cats often break fang teeth when slipping while jumping on and off of things.

“The problem is that animals don’t always tell us they’re in pain. They’re tough,” Delmain said.

The most obvious sign of a tooth problem is bad breath. It could be a sign of periodontal or another oral disease. Brown or discolored teeth and bleeding gums are also dental-health warning signs.

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Pets’ teeth are hard bone shells around a core of nerves and blood vessels, just like human teeth. If an infection is left untreated it can lead to an abscess forming. A fractured tooth can be sealed if it’s shallow, but if the fracture reaches the tooth’s pulpit needs to be removed.

A broken tooth requires a visit to the veterinarian, who can assess the situation. While human dentistry is about saving a tooth, pet dentistry is about the comfort of the tooth. If a veterinarian has to remove a pet’s tooth, the animal can do well afterward.

“A nicely healed area of gum is nothing to worry about,” she said.

Because two-thirds of a tooth is under the gum line, dentistry with anesthesia is necessary to get rid of plaque and tartar, for teeth cleaning and X-rays. Without it, cat and dog dental care can be scary.

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Pet Dental Care Kingston – At GRAH we providing best Pet Dental Care Services

Brushing at home

Regular dental checkups by a veterinarian should be augmented by brushing at home, Delmain. Be sure to use products approved for pets. Just like learning a new skill, getting a pet used to toothbrushing may take time. Start by letting your pet sniff the toothbrush and paste and try to work your way up to about 30 seconds of brushing on both sides.

Pet owners concerned about their pet’s oral health can look for products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, which have undergone research and testing to back up claims for home dental care for pets, look for a square label the says “VOHC Accepted” on products that help control tartar and plaque build-up.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At our pet dental clinic, we have Pet Dentists with years of experience who have done their jobs in Pet Dentistry Service incredibly.

 

 

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Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in cats and dogs. Obesity is the accumulation of excessive amounts of adipose tissue in the body. There have been many studies done that show obesity can have damaging effects on the health and longevity of cats and dogs.

At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Nutrition Services. We are known as one of the best dog & cat Nutrition vet clinics in Kingston.

There a few reasons why our companions are overweight; it is up to us to be able to identify when it becomes a problem. Food is probably the most obvious reason. We like to give our pet treats for coming inside, before bed, while they are in their crate, etc. However, we tend to forget our ‘treats’ are extra calories and empty calories with no nutritional value in them. Many treats also have more calories in them then what your pet needs in total for one day.

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In which case, with these additional calories is where the accumulation starts. Treats are an important part of the training, but treats need to be limited and carefully picked for each pet. For my pets whose breeds are prone to becoming obese, I carefully choose their food and treats by choosing lower-calorie treats and also treats that beneficial to them.

By beneficial I mean helping combat problems such as dental and joint problems. I also know a lot of people feel the need to give their dog’s human food; this is ‘okay’ in moderation. If you would like to give your dog human food, stick to acceptable fruits and vegetables which are much lower in calories.

Another reason is when your pet is spayed or neutered, their metabolism changes due to the lack of estrogen and testosterone. We always recommend you switch their food to a weight management diet after surgery. Very few spayed/neutered pets can tolerate high-calorie foods. After switching foods, we recommend you monitor their weight in case you need to increase or decrease the amounts or switch to a lower calorie food.

Lack of exercise could also contribute to weight gain, and I do hear this quite a bit. I usually hear this a lot right around this time when people blame it on ‘winter.’ I do agree winter can sometimes interfere with our outdoor activities especially when it is icy or minus 40 outside. It is a pretty good excuse. However, there are plenty of indoor games you can play with your dog. For cats, there are plenty of games we can do with them too, to get them moving.

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Unfortunately, there are consequences when we overfeed our pets. The added weight on their joints is hard on them. They can suffer from arthritis earlier than normal; in a sense, they are aging faster. Also, some cancers are more prevalent in obese pets. Some things we may not consider are our pets being clinically depressed because they are overweight and are unable to do some of their natural behaviors such as cats grooming themselves or dogs exercising and running around.

These activities take a lot more effort when they are carrying extra weight. A couple of diseases we also want to try and avoid are diabetes and hypothyroidism. If you are concerned about your pets’ weight, we are always here to help guide you and educate you. A good thing to remember is, if you can see your pets’ ribs or spine, they are too lean and if you can’t palpate their ribs or spine with a slight fat cover, then they are overweight.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. Ongoing proper nutrition, leading to optimum health and performance is an important goal for every pet owner.