Pet Dental Care: Is it Really Worth it?

Pet dental care can help pets live longer

You know your pet benefits from regular wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and year-round parasite protection, but many pet parents don’t realize that pet dental care is just as important. Professional dental exams and cleanings can be costly, and it’s easy to think they just aren’t worth the money. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, and The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to make sure our readers know how important (and cost effective) it can be to invest in your pet’s dental health.

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Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

As we prepare to close out another fantastic year here at Wheaton Animal Hospital, we want to take a moment to thank you for choosing us as your partners in veterinary care! The Pet Experts are honored to provide you and your furry family member with the very best, and we treasure the relationships we’ve built with our patients and their families.

Pet owner education is important to us, and our regular pet care blogs aim to provide useful, relevant (and sometimes fun!) information to our readers. After reflecting on which topics were most meaningful to you this past year, we’ve put together a list of our most popular blogs of 2018. Enjoy!

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? The Big Question

Pet insurance can help cover your veterinary bills

If your pet was hospitalized with a critical injury tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

Many of us consider our pets to be family, and of course – they are! With advancements in veterinary medicine over the past decade, we now have access to advanced medical care for our pets – including cancer treatment, advanced surgical procedures, and critical care that rivals human level medicine.

As wonderful as it is to be able to provide this life saving care for our fur friends, it certainly does not come cheap. Canine Journal estimates that the annual cost of pet care is topping $1800 per pet. So it’s no wonder that some families struggle financially with providing the kind of veterinary care they want for their pet.

Enter: pet insurance. Designed to bridge the gap between medical care and cost, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our pets. But is the monthly cost worth it? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital delve into this question, so you can weigh the costs and benefits for yourself.

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Our Veterinary Technicians: Amazing and Talented

Veterinary technicians are tantamount to veterinary nurses and are the backbone of veterinary care. If you’ve ever had an emergency with your beloved pet, you know how comforting it can be to have a knowledgeable and experienced veterinary technician caring for them. When you bring your pet in to see us, you know they are getting the very best in care from our team.

Our veterinary technicians are an integral part of that team. And with October 14-20th, 2018 designated as National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, we can think of no better time than now to tout the amazing capabilities and talents of these professionals. This week is dedicated each year to allow managers, veterinarians, and pet owners to thank veterinary technicians for all they do to care for and love our pets. Continue…

Look Out! How to Recognize and Address the Signs of Pet Dental Disease

Pet dental disease can affect your pet's health, systemically. Veterinary dental exams can help.Like us, pets benefit incredibly from clean teeth and gums, but unfortunately, many pets don’t get attention to this area before certain problems have already taken root. Some, sadly, don’t ever have their teeth cleaned. The issue isn’t aesthetic, although a fresh-smelling slobber-kiss is certainly preferable to the alternative. Instead, through the prevention of pet dental disease, owners invest in their pet’s overall health and longevity. As the Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital can attest to, this is no small feat.

The Truth About Inflammation

The teeth are supported by gums, bone, and tissue. When these structures become progressively inflamed, tooth loss is the typical result. But the process starts long before when bacteria forms plaque on the teeth and gum line. To make matters even worse, saliva is comprised of certain minerals that, when combined with plaque, form the worst offender: tarter. Continue…

Share the Good Vibes and Your Mat with Pet Yoga

Pet yoga is great pet exercise and good for pet healthEveryone can agree that exercise in all forms is a good thing, regardless of one’s shape, size, age, gender, or species. When pets and people work out together, a sort of magic happens. The bond between them is almost tangible when walking, hiking, playing, or swimming, but it’s also common during a pet yoga session. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital can see why pet yoga is taking off!

Let’s take a closer look.

The Impact

It is well documented that physical exercise is important to support the body’s functions, but there is no match for the direct impact on mental health and well-being. Indeed, we all feel better, more relaxed, or rejuvenated after a workout, and so do animals, no matter their age.

The ancient practice of yoga hinges on a central idea: being in the moment. Pets are excellent at being in the moment, and dogs, because they’re pack animals, thrive in moments of union with their pack leader. Continue…

Lyme Disease in Dogs: What to Watch for This Year

Lyme disease in dogs is cause by ticks and is on the riseWhen the weather turns nice, we’re all itching to get outside with our dogs. Whether that means hiking, camping, or backyard barbeques, keeping our best friend safe from pests tops the list of dangers to watch out for during outdoor season. One such pest, the tick, can be particularly irritating.

Ticks can cause a host of illnesses, including Lyme disease. Lyme disease is one of the most insidious and complex diseases that veterinarians deal with on a regular basis. Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital give you the details of Lyme disease in dogs, so you’ll know what to watch for this summer and beyond.

Lyme Disease in Dogs 101

Lyme disease is a common, stubborn, and problematic tick-borne disease for dogs and humans alike. Transmitted by the deer tick (sometimes referred to as the black-legged tick) and the western black-legged tick, Lyme disease in dogs is an infection that often leads to lameness. Continue…

Finishing Strong: The Benefits of Exercising a Senior Pet

exercising senior petPets age faster than humans and begin slowing down between 7 to 10 years old. Because of their age and associated health conditions, it might seem more compassionate to allow/encourage them to lay around the house. After all, they’ve earned their place on the couch, right? However, a sedentary lifestyle not only exacerbates age-related issues, it can also decrease an animal’s quality of life. Let The Pet Experts of Wheaton Animal Hospital review some fun, safe ideas for exercising a senior pet!

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Feline Fact or Fiction? Cat Myths, Legends, and Lore for the Ages

People love stories and have since the beginning of time, but what happens to pet health in a Whisper Down the Lane scenario? Do we replace fact for fiction in an effort to entertain? Or do we actually end up believing false information to be true? A look at popular cat myths might help The Pet Experts answer this important question.

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The Stages of Pet Periodontal Disease

Preventive care is essential to keep your pet healthy and happy for life, and pet dental care is a big part of that approach. It’s been reported that 85% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 3. But did you know that pet periodontal disease is actually preventable?

It’s important to know there are multiple stages of pet periodontal disease. Without a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning, there’s no way to know if your pet’s oral health is at risk.

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