My dog's breath smells really bad. What could be causing this?

/dog-dental-healthBad breath can be caused by multiple things. A build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, or an infected or broken tooth to name a few. Buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth will not only affect the mouth, but can also affect the heart, kidneys and liver.

In the wild, showing signs of illness could lead to an animal’s demise, so animals are very good at hiding signs of discomfort. We have had owners report that their pet had increased activity and acted better overall after a dental cleaning, when they didn’t show any signs of discomfort beforehand!

February is Pet Dental Health Month and we are extending our 10% discount on dental cleaning procedures now through March. Learn more about our promotion here.

Call us at (262) 363-9993 to set up free teeth grading with one of our skilled technicians and get a treatment plan for your pet's dental cleaning.

I am looking to adopt a new kitten from a breeder. The breeder is recommending that I have him tested for Feline Leukemia. What is Feline Leukemia and why should I test for it?

orange and white kittenFeline Leukemia virus is a retrovirus because of the way it behaves within infected cells. All retroviruses produce an enzyme which permits them to insert copies of their own genetic material into the cells that have been infected.

Cats at greatest risk of infection are those that may be exposed to infected cats which include:

  • Cats living with infected cats or with cats of unknown infection status
  • Cats that are allowed outdoors unsupervised and may have been bitten by an infected cat
  • Kittens born to infected mothers

I give my dog his heartworm prevention all year long. Is it necessary to still do a heartworm test every year?

heartworm dog diagramWe recommend that you still get your dog tested every year. We run a 4DX blood parasite panel which not only tests for heartworm disease, but also tests for three tick-borne diseases - Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia. Your dog can be exposed to these diseases and not show symptoms until permanent damage has been done to the body. These tick borne diseases can also affect your dog’s blood, immune system and even their kidneys if left untreated.

labrador-retrieverI have noticed a lump on my dog's chest recently and I think it has gotten bigger. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Any lump on a pet should be examined by a veterinarian, especially if it is changing in shape and/or size.

Your veterinarian will most likely do a fine needle aspirate of the growth and look at the cells under a microscope to determine what it is. Sometimes, the veterinarian will send the slides to a laboratory to have a histopathologist review and confirm their findings.