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Chewing Dangers to Avoid for your Pet’s Oral Health

This is a classic tale, but perhaps one where the warning is often ignored. Do NOT feed hard toys, bones, antlers etc to your dog. It can and will break their teeth. Take for instance adorable Nanaimo. She LOVED her antlers, which is why despite the warnings she continued to get antlers. She chewed them for 5 years with no consequence. She was in for her annual check-up and the veterinarian took a routine check of her teeth. Low and behold she had a slab fracture on her upper carnassial tooth (a large piece of enamel was broken off). The only fix was the extraction of the tooth. She was still eating normally and not exhibiting any outward signs of the fracture that the owner (a seasoned vet tech) could notice. Dogs are very good at hiding pain and discomfort as a survival method that is deeply ingrained in them.

After the procedure, she was on pain medication and could only eat soft food while the incision healed. The upper carnassial is a very important tooth for chewing her food. While she is managing fine without it, her lower molars are now at risk of accumulating more dental disease because dental kibble can no longer properly help keep them clean.

Not sure if a toy is too hard? When choosing an appropriate toy for your dog to chew make sure it is soft enough to tap your knee cap. If it’s too hard to tap on your knee, it’s too hard for them to chew. Another way to check is if you can press your fingernail into the toy. The risks definitely outweigh the short-term benefits and there are many safer options. If you need help with an avid chewer, give us a call.

Below is a picture of the slab fracture and a very happy Nanaimo—no more pain!

Closeup of slab fracture  Nanaimo the dog

 

By Melanie G RVT

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital