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A guide to pet dental care

A guide to pet dental care
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror often and checking out your pearly whites? Well, if you have a pet at home, then it’s about time you checked his too. Do you smell bad breath? Are his teeth yellow and covered in tartar? Are any teeth missing or broken? Do you see red or swollen gums? Have you noticed your pet wincing in pain while eating? What about his appetite? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your dog’s oral hygiene is at risk. Make an appointment with your vet ASAP!
Most pet parents take care of their pets to the best of their ability. There is no doubt about that. There is adequate exercise, monthly grooming sessions, the best food and vacations with the family. But even so not many remember to do a routine check of their pet’s oral cavity, gums and teeth. Did you know that the heart, kidneys and joints are likely to be affected when bacteria enters the body through lesions in the oral cavity of the dog? Are you surprised? No pet parent ever expects this nor wants their beloved pet to go through this. Well, a stitch in time saves nine. This article is a guide to your pet’s dental care.
If you have a puppy or kitten you need not wait for the onset of oral problems to start a dental care regime. There is no better day than today. If your regular vet does dental work then nothing like it else, find a good one who specializes in dental treatment. Get checks done every six months at least. Now, if this is your pet’s first checkup, the vet will check for plaque, tartar and inflamed gums. He may also notice gingivitis, root exposure, cavities and bacterial contamination because these are some of the more common diseases to plague pets. These will need to be addressed immediately.
Often times the vet will suggest that you make the effort and follow a home care regime that includes regular brushing of the teeth. For this particular event called, ‘Let’s brush Fido’s teeth’, yes, let us call it an event, choose a time when your pet is sleepy or tired. He will not protest as much. A soothing voice will also take you a long way! There are tooth brushes specially designed to fit in your pet’s mouth. Alternatively, you can use your fingers. There is tooth paste available in the market as well that is specially formulated for animals. It is obviously going to be ingested by your pet but don’t worry for it will not cause any side effects. These do not contain fluoride. Fluoride is suited to humans but poisonous for animals.
If the dental issues cannot be remedied by medicine then your vet will suggest a dental surgery. Of course it will be done on an empty stomach and with general anesthesia. A blood test will have to be done a few days in advance to determine if there are any underlying health conditions. If not then surgery will go on as planned else you may have to wait till your pet is well or the type and course of anesthesia may be changed.
The healing process need not scare you. Like in most cases, your pet may require only his normal dose of love and hand feeding to recover completely. But in a one of case a bit more effort will be required because the vet may suggest a naso-gastric tube or in layman’s terms a feeding tube. It is a very soft and flexible, narrow tube that is placed from a nostril into the esophagus whilst under the influence of anesthesia. It will be secured to the cheek with a stitch or suture. This is a short term alternative for your pet to take in medicines, a liquid diet and water. You will get used to it in a day’s time and before you know it your pet will be well and it will be removed.
If you find daily brushing challenging, then thank science because today, one can find ready made food especially designed to maintain your pet’s oral health. It is only available as a dry variant. Why not wet? Well, because soft food is more likely to stick to the teeth and cause decay. Dry food works like a kind of tooth brush. While ordinary dry food crumbles upon impact, this particular kibble gets stuck around the tooth. It is sized a little larger than normal to engulf the tooth and as your pet chews on it, it scrubs against the teeth thus reducing plaque and tartar. It also fights bacteria and protects the gums from gingivitis.
If you would like to continue with home food then along with brushing at least thrice a week, you can buy chewable treats that are specially made to clean up your pet’s mouth. The abrasive texture makes it very chewy and will keep your pet at it for a long time. A lot of saliva gets produced and it helps dislodge plaque and food particles while washing debris from the teeth. Yes, you said it right. It almost does the job of a tooth brush.
Time and again the stress is on responsible pet parenting. Keeping up with your pet’s oral hygiene may be difficult but it is a very important part of your pet’s good health routine. Rectifying dental problems is not only expensive but very painful for our pets. Not to mention, it can only be done under the influence of anesthesia. Animals cannot speak for themselves nor can they care for their bodies. All of it essentially lies in your hands. You need not go to extremes because with all of the advancement in science, you can take a call for timely treatment. Now that you are aware and have started good dental care for your pet, you are one step closer to ensuring him or her of a healthier and longer life.

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Mumbai Airport’s Dog Therapy A Hit Among Fliers

The joy of animal companionship and a warm, soothing interaction with them is scientifically proven to help in reducing stress levels among tense, timid individuals.  With this discovery, dog therapy came into being and swiftly caught the interest of animal lovers across the globe.

The trend of turning to therapy by man’s best friend initially found popularity in the US and certain European nations. Internationally, even airports have begun to introduce therapy cells that help soothe frightened passengers’ nerves through guided animal interaction.

Travelers with special needs, such as persons suffering from autism also rely on therapy dogs to calm them as they go through flight procedures.

At MIAL, the airport that places supreme importance on the well-being of its passengers, animal-assisted therapy was introduced in September 2015 for travel anxiety-ridden passengers who required a stress-busting session with these beautiful, gentle animals.

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5 Pet-Friendly Resorts In And Around Pune

Want to hang out with your pets while enjoying a good meal?  It is not fair to leave those who give you unconditional love behind.

Here are a few pet friendly hangouts near Pune. These places will take care of your pet just like they would take care of you!  Guilt-free, good times are in, because now you need never leave your pet behind when you go out for a meal with friends.

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How Animal Assisted Therapy Helps The Disabled

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

If you have a child or loved one who is physically or mentally challenged, Animal Assisted Therapy just may be the thing for them.  Caring for a pet has an overall positive impact on a child’s mind and body.

Animal Therapy need not only be for those kids with lifelong illnesses but can also be very therapeutic for children who are recovering from accidents and poor health.

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Teach Your Dog Social Skills At The Peppy Paws Pet Resort

Teach Your Dog Social Skills At The Peppy Paws Pet Resort

The Peppy Paws Pet Resort invites you to a Dog Socialization Session in Pune on the  15th & 22nd of May, 2016, Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Dogs are social animals and love playing in a pack. But in our homes, they rarely get to play or socialize with other dogs or pets.

Are you concerned that your dog never gets to play with other dogs? Would you like to give them a chance to meet with other dogs, learn social skills, swim in a 1000 sq.ft. dog pool (the biggest in Pune) and run around free and unleashed?

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Meet Your Kid’s Best Friend At Kids and Dogs Day Out

The Peppy Paws Pet Resort invites you to a Kids and Dogs Day Out on the 12th of March, 2016. The event is only for kids over the age of 5 years who would love to play and interact with our dogs.

Did you know that kids who learn to interact with animals in a positive and healthy way early in life learn to be compassionate and caring people later in life?

Teach your child to love animals in the safety of our pet resort. They will enjoy meeting and cuddling our lovable doggies.

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Pune’s Peppy Paws Pet Resort Relocates To 60,000 Sq Ft Facility at Wadki

Pune’s Peppy Paws Pet Resort Relocates To 60,000 Sq. Ft. Facility at Wadki

Expands Services To Offer The Ultimate Pet Boarding Experience 

Pune, 10th February, 2016 – Pune’s most popular pet boarding facility, The Peppy Paws Pet Resort, has relocated to a 60,000 square foot facility at Wadki. The move was prompted by the immense success of this unique pet hostel, encouraging its owners Priya and Roshan Poduval to expand it both spatially and in services, to include a number of amenities that no other pet boarding facility in Pune offers.

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