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animal dental care and oral surgery

After graduating from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, I spent the first 12 years of my career practicing in suburban Maryland outside of Washington, DC. In 2004 my wife and I decided that we wanted to continue to raise our four children in her native state of Colorado. So I sold my clinic, packed up the family and we headed west. 

pet halitosis - white dog with mouth open

Oral malodor (pet halitosis or bad breath) is a common condition noticed by pet owners and is often described as “doggy breath” in dogs, and “fish” breath in cats. Most of us are aware that bad breath in humans is considered a social faux pas. In companion animals, bad breath may lead to decreased interaction between pets and human family members. 

feeding tubes in cats and dogs - brown dog with sad eyes lying on couch under a blanket

Feedings tubes in cats and dogs are occasionally recommended for our oral surgery patients to help them for a limited period of time in their post-surgical recovery. The most common feeding tube placed in dogs and cats is an esophagostomy feeding tube. “Stoma” refers to opening and “esophago” refers to the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube connecting the mouth to the stomach.

Safe Chew Toys for Dogs

Chewing is a behavior in which all dogs engage. And it’s not just when they are eating that they like to chew. It's used in play, hunting, and eating. Did you know, dog dentition is shaped differently than our own? The majority of dog teeth are conical in shape with the exception of the back molar teeth. Additionally, dogs have 5-10 times less enamel than we have covering the surface of our teeth.  

 

Why is Good Oral Health Important for Your Pet?

 

Pet Dental FAQ's