No bones about it - we have a special puppy love for February. So cuddle up with your lovable furry friend, and check out these new announcements from all of us at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming!

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Does your pet have it?

It’s time to schedule their yearly checkup today and find out. Dental disease affects 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.

Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well-being every step of the way, because we love them too!

Spread the love but hold the chocolate

It’s that time of year again: Love, hugs and chocolate are on everyone’s mind. For your pet, the first two come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!) We love dogs and chocolate, but mixed together you can get one sick pup. Chocolate is toxic to dogs but rarely fatal. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine which is similar to caffeine. A dog’s body cannot metabolize theobromine making dogs sick. Unfortunately, dogs are often tempted by chocolate candy and baked goods that are left unsupervised. How sick they get is dependent on the size of your dog, the type of chocolate and the amount they ate. If chocolate is ingested by a dog, the first treatment is to induce vomiting. We then administer a charcoal product that binds any toxins to prevent absorption. After those treatments are completed, most pets recover normally with no lasting effects.

If your pet ingests chocolate, first call your veterinary office. These are the important things that your veterinarian will need to know:

  • Timing is critical! When did the pet ingest the chocolate? As soon as you know your pet ingested something with chocolate, call your vet right away! Digestion starts immediately and there is only a limited amount of time when we can induce vomiting.
  • Know what kind of chocolate. Chocolate comes in a variety of options. Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk chocolate, for example, and is therefore more toxic. Have the candy packaging available so we can determine the theobromine risk when you call.
  • How much does your pet weigh? Large dogs can tolerate a different amount of chocolate than smaller dogs.
  • Amount of chocolate ingested? Was it just one piece or an entire chocolate cake (this has actually happened!)

Keeping these four things in mind, it’s most important to act immediately for chocolate emergencies.

Winter is dry skin season

Do your pets get itchy in the winter? Help your pet be itch and flake free this year. Dry skin is a common condition when the temperatures drop, especially here in Michigan. The dry, cold air is to blame for itchy skin that affects people as well as pets. Finding flakes in hair coat can be a sign of dry skin. However, flakey skin with an odor from hair coat could mean a skin infection or other condition. If your pet has itchy skin with greasy hair or redness on the skin, an exam should be scheduled. To help dry winter skin, make sure your pet’s heartworm and flea prevention are up-to-date. A lot of people don’t realize that fleas and ticks can still be around to infest our homes and pets in the winter. Next, you should consider your pet’s diet. Feeding a high-quality diet should have skin-friendly oils to keep the hair coat moist. Additional supplementation with fatty oil (fish oil) is recommended for some pets. Fatty acids improve the quality of the skin barrier that protects against drying out. Also, be careful about bathing. Frequent bathing or using a shampoo that is too drying can harm the natural oil balance on a pet’s coat. Using a moisturizing shampoo with oatmeal or a soap free shampoo may be the best option. Ask about Hylyt Shampoo, available at AMC. It’s a fatty acid, soap-free shampoo safe for dogs and cats (samples available too!). Lastly, consider a humidifier for your home. It’s good for both you and your pets! The ideal humidity in a home during the winter should be 30-40%.

Inside AMC

January brought our first round of Baker veterinary technician students. You may see them on Fridays when they are following our exam room technicians. They will be here for ten weeks total before they move on to their internships, then graduation in the Spring.

We also had veterinary student Stephanie Yang from MSU with us for three weeks. Stephanie had great time interacting with the patients and clients. We wish her all the best as she completes her last year in vet school.

If you have been to the clinic in the last week you may have noticed a bit of dust and disorder. After many years of beige, Dr. Leven has decided to update the colors in the clinic. We are all excited about the new updated look to the clinic. We also had a new lobby sign installed, pictured here with Julie and Austin.

February is national pet dental month! We started out early in January this year to accommodate all the pets this year. For every pet who gets their teeth cleaned they get a tooth on the window. Call to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning now to save $35 through February.

Over the last few months many clients and pets allowed us to photograph them in and around AMC. We are proud to announce our first ever Inside AMC video. We wanted to share our great staff and clinic with the world. We love working with you and your pets and we hope it shows! Click here to check it out!

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