Our Recommended Dental Care Products

We've extended our dental special to the end of March! If you make an appointment this month, you'll save 15% on all our dental services, including pre-anesthetic lab work. But what about after your pet's teeth cleaning? You'll want to follow up with a proper dental care routine to keep those teeth as squeaky clean as possible. 

Here are some of the dental products we recommend:

Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Finger Brushes

Ideally your pet's teeth should be brushed daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for pets only. We sell a variety of flavored toothpastes, including poultry, beef, and seafood. They're safe to ingest and can be used on both cats and dogs. After your pet's dental cleaning, you may want to wait two weeks before brushing your pet's teeth. If there are extractions, for example, they will need time to heal. Our veterinarians and staff will advise you on when is the best time to start.

C.E.T Oral Hygiene Rinse

If brushing your pet's teeth is too difficult, you may want to look into using an oral rinse. The one we sell at our clinic contains Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic), is safe to ingest, and will help to freshen breath and decrease bacteria in your pet's mouth.

C.E.T Dental Chews

Available at Good Sam for both cats and dogs, these treats are coated with enzymes and antiseptics to help prevent dental disease. Please take care to supervise your pet while chewing to prevent choking or obstruction. Remove the chew if you notice your pet trying to swallow a large portion.

Hill's Prescription Diet t/d

A prescription diet called t/d is available for purchase at Good Sam and may be recommended depending on your pet's degree of dental disease. Dental diets have been formulated to help minimize tartar build-up.

Signs of Dental Disease in your Pets

Periodontal disease is one of the most common disease in dogs and cats. Food particles along the gum line can turn to plaque within a few hours. If plaque continues to accumulate, it will mix with minerals in saliva to harden into calculus. When you look into your pet's mouth, calculus above the gum line is easy to see. It's hard and crusty and will appear yellow and/or brown. 

The real damage happens where you can't see it — beneath the gums. As the disease advances, calculus will travel down the teeth, creating pockets for bacteria growth. Tissue will be eaten away, teeth will loosen, and once the bacteria enters the blood stream, major organs can also be affected.

Since pets don't show pain the same way you do, you won't be able to tell just how bad your pet is feeling. Give us a call to set up an appointment if you notice your pet has bad breath, stained teeth, or inflamed gums. Other symptoms include drooling, swelling under one eye, and refusing to eat.

Better still, regular wellness exams allow us to monitor the condition of your pet's teeth. If caught early, many dental issues can be reversed, and we're always happy to talk to you if you have questions about your pet's dental care routine. But if your pet's dental disease has advanced to the point of no return, treatment will require anesthesia to clean under the gums and to extract any teeth that are too far gone to save.

If you suspect your pet has periodontal disease, set up an appointment this month to take advantage of our dental special. In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, you'll get to save 15% on all our dental services.

Bonus Content: Check out our e-newsletter for tips on home dental care for your pets.

Welcome Back Special

There's still time to take advantage of the Good Sam Welcome Back Special! We understand how difficult it can be to keep up with all of the demands on your time and how quickly that time seems to fly by. Start the New Year out right by catching your pet(s) up on their wellness exams! We are offering one free exam per household for one existing patient who hasn't been seen in over 18 months (prior to June 2015). This offer expires on February 28th, 2017 so set up an appointment today!

Keep Your Pet Healthy

In our last two newsletters, we broke down your pet's wellness care into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks. Looking after pets can be overwhelming, especially with so much conflicting information out there. We recommend establishing a regular routine and setting up a reminder system to make it as easy as possible.

You can read the entire two-part article here and here, but here's a short sample to get you started:

Daily: Spending quality time with your pet seems like a no-brainer, but when our lives get busy, it's easy to feed and forget, especially with cats! The predominant myth is that cats need less attention than dogs, but that's not true. Take your pets for a walk, play fetch or catch the feather toy, or simply sit on the couch and tell them about your day. Petting your cat or dog is good for everyone's health and it gives you a chance to monitor their health by checking for lumps, tangles, and funny odors. Besides, after an exhausting day, there's nothing more soothing than a purring cat on your lap or listening to the happy sound of a wagging tail.

Weekly: If you've brought your pet to us before then our doctors will have talked to you about brushing your pet's teeth. Oral health is important! Periodontal disease is all too common and it can cause serious illnesses. What's frustrating is that it's super easy to prevent. Give us a call anytime if you'd like to find out how you can start brushing your pet's teeth. You can also watch our How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth video featuring our very own Chris the super tech and Robbie the wonder dog.

Monthly: Fleas are everywhere! And with our gorgeous year-round California weather, all pets (even indoor-only ones) need a monthly flea preventative. Not only will you repel fleas and prevent an infestation, you're also protecting your pet from icky things like tapeworms, dermatitis, and haemobartonellosis. Make sure to only use a brand that's recommended by veterinary professionals. Just give us a call to see which one is best for your pet.

Find out what else you can do to keep your pet healthy by reading the rest of our two-part article here and here, If you'd like to subscribe to our newsletter for more health tips, you can sign up here.