01-2014 January

Dental Month Has Arrived
Is your pet due for a dental cleaning? Our Dental Month special is available in February 2014 and appointments are filling up swiftly. Call today to schedule your pet’s dental appointment today at 702-645-3116.

dog-toothbrushDid you know?

  • Dogs and cats with severe periodontal disease rarely show outward signs of pain. They just keep eating and suffer in silence.
  • Tooth Resorption, a painful dental condition in felines causes brittle teeth, erosions and teeth fracturing at gum line. Among cats over 6 years old, 30 to 60% have tooth resorption present.
  • Your pet’s teeth are like an iceberg- more tooth is below the gum line than above. In fact 60% of the tooth lies under the gum line.
  • Dental x-rays are an essential tool in pet dentistry. In pets with visibly normal teeth, x-rays identify problems below the gum line in 28% of dogs and 42% of cats.
  • Home dental care products do not replace regular dental cleanings, but can slow the accumulation of future tartar build up.
  • Ensure you’re buying effective home dental care products- ask your veterinarian’s recommendations or look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) seal of acceptance on dental treats, diets and other home care products. For more information on gum disease or the list of VOHC approved products visit http://vohc.org/

Ask Dr. Debbie

Q: My Siamese cat developed a cat bite abscess on her hip. He healed up great after surgery and medication, but the fur in that area has grown in much darker than the nearby area. Is this permanent, or will his fur color return to normal?

A: Yes, the fur should return to normal color after one full shed cycle. The dark “points” of cat breeds like Siamese, Tonkinese, and Himalayan is due to acromelanosis- a genetic trait in which the melanin deposition in the fur is temperature dependent. Cooler areas of the body have darker fur, while warmer areas have lighter color. This causes the darker “points” each of those cat breeds is well-known for.

When a Siamese cat’s fur is shaved, the skin in the area becomes cooler, and fur regrowth is darker in that area. And interestingly, the opposite can occur too- higher ambient temperature or skin inflammation can result in lighter fur color. Once the factor is resolved that caused the area to darken or lighten, the fur should return to its regular color with time.

Pet of the Month
Congratulations to Jackson (Mastiff) our February Pet of the month. To learn more about Jackson please visit our website at www.lmah.net

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