Preventing Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats
Proper brushing and regular dental exams are one key to your pet’s oral health. The other is providing her with nutritious, species-appropriate food. The best pet foods have little or no added fillers. Additionally, they contain enough meat and protein to provide energy. Dental chews for dogs can help reduce plaque and tartar, but you should not give one to your dog in place of regular brushing. The toothbrush and toothpaste you buy should also be species-specific.
To brush your pet’s teeth, have him sit in a relaxed position and then follow these steps:
- Massage the cheeks for several seconds
- Introduce toothpaste by placing a small dab on your finger or a treat and allow her to lick it off
- Place a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush and place in your pet’s mouth without brushing
- When your pet appears comfortable with the process, brush the surface of one tooth at a time
- Retract the lips so you can reach the back molars
- Concentrate on the upper and outer molars if your pet only tolerates brushing for a short time
- Gradually increase total brushing time from a few seconds to two minutes
When to Schedule an Immediate Appointment
Please contact Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Drooling more than usual
- Hesitancy to eat
- Brown or yellow deposits on the teeth
Dr. Ogi or Dr. Wagner checks the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums at every preventive care appointment. He will recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment for any noted concerns.
- Cat Food
- Dog Food
- Small Mammals
- Flea and Tick
- Easy Dose It! (Single doses of medication)
- Eye and Ear
- Skin and Coat
To sign up for an account, to go the registration page by clicking on the icon on the top right of our home page. Once there, you just need to enter your name, email and mailing addresses, and your telephone number. You can also record your pet’s name and species for future reference. That’s all there is to the registration process.
You can start shopping for pet products immediately by navigating to the All Products tab. This brings you the list of the 15 top-level categories listed above. When you click on the product category, you will see several sub-categories that make it even easier to find the specific items you need. Just click on the name of the item you’re interested in to see more details about it. For example, the listing for Royal Canin Cat Food gives a description, feeding instructions, and ingredients.
You can add items to your cart as you go and then click the Check Out tab when you’re ready to finalize your order. The system displays shipping costs and any applicable sales tax before requesting your payment information.
After You Place Your Order
Before MyVetStoreOnline can ship your order, it must go to Dr. Ogi or Dr. Wagner for approval. This is to ensure your pet’s safety. He will contact you with any questions or concerns about the products you ordered for your pet if necessary. It then takes three to five business days after his/her approval for MyVetStoreOnline to ship your order. All orders over $38 ship free via UPS. You also have the option of requesting Next Day Air on most orders. Refrigerated items ship by Next Day Air automatically.
Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic is happy to offer this online shopping option as a convenience to our valued clients.
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Although originally started to promote the importance of human nutrition, the veterinary industry has adapted it to its own needs. As a pet owner, providing the best nutrition for your dog, cat, rabbit or other animal is the single most important thing you do. That is because the food you select has a major impact on your pet’s long-term health.
Pet owners sometime make food buying decisions based on convenience or price without considering what is best for the individual animal. For example, many dog and cats have skin or coat issues, a sensitive stomach, or problems with their joints. This requires selecting a species-specific food that addresses these unique concerns. Pets also have different nutritional requirements based on their stage of life.
HOURS BY APPOINTMENT:
1040 FOND DU LAC AVENUE
KEWASKUM, WI 53040-9583
Phone: (262) 626-2380
For after hour emergencies, Monday thru Friday, please call our office at 262-626-2380. On Friday (after hours) through Sunday, please call Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, which is located in Port Washington at 262-268-7800.