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Preventing dental disease in your pet

December 16th, 2013

Many pet owners think that their dogs’ bad breath is normal — but “doggie breath” actually signifies that there’s more going on with your pet’s dental health than you may realize. “Animals can have bad breath without having significant dental disease, but most often, the bad breath that’s associated with bad periodontal disease is pretty noticeable,” says Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, wellness …

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Veterinary dentist Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe brushes the teeth of Panda, a patient at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. Photo: Christina Weese.
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Xylitol-based water additives: safe for pets

Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, is added to some oral hygiene products for humans including chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash. With 40 per cent less calories than regular sugar, xylitol is also commonly found in human diet and baking products – advertised as safe for diabetics and other individuals with high blood glucose levels. Although it has no known toxicity …

December 05th, 2011 Full story »

A splash of prevention

My cat has terrible breath. I try to follow the veterinarian’s orders by brushing her teeth, but she’s pretty feisty – even at 17 years old. A few scratches later, and with me dripping in sweat, I usually have to give up. But there might be a simpler alternative: my pet may be able to get a healthier mouth from …

December 02nd, 2011 Full story »

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Top 5 questions about periodontal disease

What’s the most frequently diagnosed disease in all ages of dogs? Periodontal disease, says Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe, assistant professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. “I would say about nine out of 10 patients that we see in the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre for routine procedures and yearly exams and vaccines have some …

December 01st, 2011 Full story »